Skip to comments.Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want you to know it
Posted on 05/16/2014 11:39:43 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
With two major cave-ins in the past few weeks, Microsoft is screaming at the top of its lungs about how irrelevant it is. If you didnt understand the fall of Microsoft from powerful monopolist to computing afterthought, let SemiAccurate explain it to you.
For the past few decades, Microsoft has been a monopoly with one game plan, leverage what they have to exclude competition. If someone had a good idea, Microsoft would come out with a barely functional copy, give it away, and shut out the income stream of the innovator. Novell, Netscape, Pen, and countless others were crushed by this one dirty trick, and the hardware world bowed to Redmonds whims.
The company sucked the life and innovation out of the industry for so long that eventually no one innovated because it was pointless, if the idea was good, Microsoft would end it. Ask Gateway about doing something as basic as making the initial desktop and installation process more user-friendly. Microsoft killed them for the sin of trying to make the user experience better. Everything stagnated as a result of this misuse of monopoly power.
As their marketshare grew to almost 100% of the PC market, Microsoft had to move into new areas for growth. There really wasnt a new area large enough after Windows and Office to generate the revenues necessary to keep Wall Streets desire for more sated so Microsoft did what they always do, leveraged their monopoly to extract more and more revenue from each customer.
(Excerpt) Read more at semiaccurate.com ...
Gotta read this to the very END!
If the end was good it would have been posted as part of the excerpt.
That was some rant.
I have a love/hate relationship with Microsoft. They are not irrelevant and wont be for some time.
Honest disclosure, I am writing this from my Windows phone with the developer pre release 8.1 for phone. It is wonderful!
The version naming is going to confuse people.
I doubt Microsoft will run out of steam, that would be dangerous to computing because it would cause many people to,stop buying computers. I would never buy an Apple computer and I have very little interest in tinkering with Linux or Chrome.
Well, doing that from a phone seems pretty good to me.
Ubuntu Linux didn’t need tinkering, I just wish there was more software and games for it.
‘The company sucked the life and innovation out of the industry for so long that eventually no one innovated because it was pointless,...’
Not exactly correct. All those ‘barely functional’ features (including Windows itself) lead to a vibrant industry whose sole purpose was security, detecting and neutralizing viruses and malware and detecting/documenting effects of Windows backdoors (intentional or not). As an engineering effort Windows is more or less a failure (mostly more). Its certainly a textbook on what lack of engineering discipline and acumen breed.
Running Fedora distro and Firefox here.
My laptop fan died and I can’t afford to repair/replace so I am on a borrowed Windows laptop right now.
I remember when it first came out. It was free. That was a million upgrades ago.
How do I get my click back?
I wonder if he wrote that on a windows machine - and how many are reading it on windows machines. “ semiaccurate.com” seems to be an appropriate url for that article.
Not too many games on Steam for Linux yet though
Look at it this way.
If you had to buy a stock based solely on mobile’s future where would you rank Apple, Google and Microsoft.
One battle they’re really missing out on and it’s a big one is streaming boxes. Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV are going to be potent gateways in the future. You can’t compete against a $40 box with a $400 box. I might be able to convince a senior citizen father to spend $40 to get programs he wants when he wants them, never $400.
There hasn’t been one thing Microsoft has invented, I mean truly invented, that was a hot tech, must have thing.
DOS they bought, Windows they stole, Xbox they developed through fear, ZUNE!!!!! LOL....
Seriously I am hard pressed to really think of anything they’ve originated... ever. They are exceptional at making money though and being an also ran in a variety of categories.
Eventually they will come out with Linux games for windows. They have done it with Apple Mac OS X, so that the Valve Games, as well as a number of other games that previously were Windows Only on Steam (Deus Ex, Bioshock Infinite) are now for multiple platforms. When Steam realizes it can sell by broadening its game market to other Operating Systems. If there’s people who buy Linux games as they are on Steam, they wouldn’t have much of an issue making more Linux ports.
If they ever decide to cut off support for Xbox 360, Sony should send them cake because apparently PS4 beats the crap out of XBox One.
odd... Is Google down?
“Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want you to know it”
Just like the Tea Party. /s
Another day, another Linux or Apple nutbag blowing a gasket about MS.
Microsoft: Going out of business since 1990
“Microsoft released a patch, they erased that line in the sand and drew another one immediately after the patch was released.”
Cool, let’s call it obozoSoft.
I predicted this many moons ago. Not because I have a hard on for Microsoft, hell I bless what I have been able to accomplish via their software, but because of their my way or the highwAY position and the historical nature of same.
AMD is dropping the cost of computing with this Kabini:
More options than I can post ....new one from Pioneer:
If you have access to parts you can beat that.,...
There is an ITX motherboard that has a plugin to use a laptop power supply brick.
Any time I see one of these threads, about the only thing I can say is: why would I take tech advice from someone so stupid he pays twice as much for hardware just because it has a picture of a fruit on it?
Oh, and Unix: the next consumer operating system since 1984 (and Linux hasn't made that any more likely.)
I run windows 2000 in a virtual box on my iMac. Works great! Very zippy. Can’t remember the last time I fired it up though.
get a steam account. valve is doing wonders for linux games.
First up is the AM1H-ITX, a mini-ITX motherboard that is equipped with two ways of implementing power. Users can either use a traditional power supply, or use a DC-In jack that draws power from a standard 19V laptop power adaptor:
The new ceo has no intention of changing windows 8
Expect 9 to be even more sucky and costly.
What would you except from a bunch of liberals? Hypocrites.
This article is hilarious, it will go on the trash heap of hundreds of other similar articles that proclaimed Microsoft dead or irrelevant.
In the first breath it claims that Microsoft single handedly strangled the market, kept innovation dead and held the marketplace in the dark ages so it could rule over it like a tyrant. Then in the next breath it explains how PlayStation and Google are kicking major ass and blowing everything MS does away. Which is it???
Microsoft isn’t going anywhere... I think they have made missteps but in some cases they are far ahead of google.
He didn’t mention Zune! ;-)
Microsoft may have lost ground in some areas, but it is still number one in its core interests and it is far more diverse in technological areas than most of its competitors.
You do know that you can post more than 10 words in a thread, don't you?
05/11/2011 | Responsibility2nd
Posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 11:44:13 AM by Responsibility2nd
As more and more FReepers (old and new alike) post articles, they really need to pay attention to what they are doing. I know there is a need to excerpt many articles, but remember - you have up to 300 words or no more than 1/2 of the article if it is less than 300 words.
May I make some basic suggestions when excerpting? In addition to the above mentioned FR guidelines, please copy and paste the "who-what-when..." of the article. Earlier today, someone posted an article about a student getting arrested at school for an item found in his equipment bag. The FReeper failed at excerpting and did not even mention what that item was. Was that due to rudeness or laziness? I don't know.
Use snips if you need to. Oftentimes relevant and important info is found deep inside the article. Or maybe at the end. Post that, if you please.
Will be setting up an Ubuntu box soon.
I make a living off integrating Microsoft solutions (servers, cloud, etc). So not sure they’re irrelevant. But they did have a monopoly on things for too long and it hurt innovation.
I’ve been looking at Windows phones. The one I want is the 1020 with the 41 mp camera, but only ATT has it, and I’m not going to ATT. Now they have a new lineup, but the flagship 5” will only be available in Europe. I just don’t understand their strategy. Now I’m looking away from the phones and toward a tablet.
By the way, Windows has made the decision to give the platform software away for all devices with a 10” or less screen.
but would it work on a bigger screen?
It’s probably configured to support a 10” or smaller screen only, so transferring to your 14” or 17” laptop wouldn’t work. Also it might be keyed to work only on the unit matching a unique identifier.
MSFT is not my specialty as an investor. I am a biotech investor with macro interests outside BT.
That said, if MSFT is crumbling, this is good for QQQ.
But the question arises, is MSFT crumbling or simply shifting paradigms?
Satya Nadella is moving MSFT from one era to the next (Ballmer was a temporary overseer who brought nothing earthshaking).
Whatever MSFT was in the past is gone...it's over.
MSFT is now in a new period, with new management and new vision.
Investors must not live in the past.
Keep an eye on Nadella...he is going to reinvent MSFT.
This is the end of an era for MSFT and for many in the computing industry.
Apparently the Cloud is going to change the world of computing. This is what Nadella is betting on.
In his short tenure, Nadella has already transformed MSFT...and this is just beginning.
I don't begin to offer my vision as correct...I am merely a watcher at this point (much too old to understand anything but the big picture).
But I suggest that investors might want to keep their eyes on the forest...but still study the trees.
This is one of those times in the history of business that is known as a pivot or paradigm shift.
It is in times like this that great fortunes are made and lost.
I would love to have that phone. I didn’t know it was just AT&T. I am currently with Verizon and have the Lumina 822. It is good, but I would like a bigger screen (old eyes) and a higher resolution camera for panoramic pictures.
That is cool! That might be a game changer.
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