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The Microsoft Tanker Has Turned and You Ignore it at Your Own Peril

Whenever I hear people discussing Microsoft, it usually doesn’t take long before somebody mentions that the Redmond-based giant is like a huge oil tanker. It takes a while to turn such a huge company around and get it back on track. When Microsoft stumbled after the dotcom boom and couldn’t even produce a viable browser to compete with the open-source offerings of Mozilla, quite a few pundits assumed that the age of Microsoft was about to come to an end (the less said about the disaster that was Windows Vista, the better).

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Flash forward to late 2010. Windows 7 is a huge success. Internet Explorer 9 has the potential to be one of the best browsers on the market. Windows Phone 7 is about to be released (and after seeing it in action during a short trip to Redmond earlier this week, I’m convinced that it will be a huge hit). Bing is bringing much-needed competition to the search engine market. Windows Live is becoming a great little social media aggregator for its users and a central hub for all of Microsoft online consumer tools. Hotmail – as much as it is ignored by the tech press – is still one of the most popular email services on the planet and continues to quietly innovate. The Windows Live Essentials desktop tools can easily hold their own in comparison with Apple’s tools. The Office Web apps easily beat the offerings of Microsoft’s competitors in both design and functionality.

What’s interesting is that most of these apps and services are only one or two iterations removed from really horrible products like Windows Mobile 6.5, Internet Explorer 7, Live Search.

Turning the Tanker Around

Spending some time earlier this week on the Microsoft campus, I couldn’t help but think that this is a very different Microsoft from the company we all loved to hate not too long ago. Instead of trying to build its own Facebook clone, for example, Microsoft is using Windows Live to aggregate other social networks. Just ten years ago, Microsoft would have never done that. Windows Phone 7 isn’t just a copy of the Android and iOS operating system and neither is it some weird adaptation of a desktop OS. Instead, Microsoft developed a vibrant new user interface based on its experience with the Zune (a good device, no matter how it failed in the marketplace) and the XBox.

Of course, there are still areas where Microsoft struggles (and the Kin was quite a disaster), but it’s hard not to think that the tanker has now turned and is sailing ahead at full steam.

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  1. This is a poor analysis. Saying that Microsoft is about to dominate the software tech market again. Simply because they are finally getting a set of products that are not holding back innovation is like saying GM has fewer weak car brands now so they will dominate again.

    Sorry it doesn’t work that way. The landscape has changed from 15 years ago. There are companies that are more innovative and that is what tech needs. As most large competitors are not willing to take Microsoft on in the business software market, they have a base to collect assets and test new markets at their leisure. Not to say that one or two of the mentioned products will not be a success. I just means that they are dominant in the office and are flexible to create demand in other areas.

    They will not come close to as dominate of a position as they have in the past.

  2. This is a poor analysis. Saying that Microsoft is about to dominate the software tech market again. Simply because they are finally getting a set of products that are not holding back innovation is like saying GM has fewer weak car brands now so they will dominate again.

    Sorry it doesn’t work that way. The landscape has changed from 15 years ago. There are companies that are more innovative and that is what tech needs. As most large competitors are not willing to take Microsoft on in the business software market, they have a base to collect assets and test new markets at their leisure. Not to say that one or two of the mentioned products will not be a success. I just means that they are dominant in the office and are flexible to create demand in other areas.

    They will not come close to as dominate of a position as they have in the past.

    • Ben – I have to respectfully disagree there. I don’t say that Microsoft will dominate the whole software tech market again – those days are long over. But I do think that Microsoft has its mojo back and the current state of the company points towards lots of good things to come.

      I would also say that a lot of the new stuff coming out of Microsoft is quite innovative, but I gather that can be argued about.

    • He did not mention anything about “Microsoft is about to dominate the software tech market again”. You need to read the post more thoroughly and understand its point.

      The author was focusing on Microsoft’s attitude. For example, Microsoft now relies on Facebook or other social networks to aggregate social data or give different social experience. 10 years ago, Microsoft would have tried to build a new Facebook.

      Microsoft’s changing attitude is something other tech companies must watch out for. Whether you agree or disagree, Microsoft is very pervasive and has the resource to practically impact any tech space.

      You sounds like you have not been following Microsoft for last couple years.

    • Microsoft never stopped dominating the software tech market. Not unless you consider Apple’s 6% of the desktop market “dominant”.
      Delusions of grandeur do not insightful analysis make.

      • Or let’s look at market capitalisation of the two companies… Hmm. Apple now > Microsoft. The owners of the two companies put more value on Apple than Microsoft.

        • Now that Android is putting a ceiling on iPhone market share, a bet now on Apple’s stock and its improbably huge valuation is a bet that Apple can get everyone to stop using computers and replace them with pure media consumption devices like iPad.

          Won’t we all be happy if they succeed?

        • I didn’t know that Apple and Microsoft were owned by the same people.

          But to address what you thought was a point – market capitalization is a function of the stock market – it only reflects reality if you think stockbrokers know everything – and for that I would refer you to the last three years and our current economy.

  3. Microsoft is suffering from perception or the so called Mindshare issue. The competition has damaged Microsoft reputation by spready FUDs for years about Microsoft. Take for example the damage caused by Apple’s Switcher ADs? We said then that MS shouldn’t take it lightly, you can’t afford as a company to let someone ruin the reputation you’ve built for so long. A lie repeated long enough becomes the truth.

    Psychology shows that people aren’t capable of independent thought these days, they believe anything they see on TV and social media sites. Now MS is reaping the results of their stupid policy of “We don’t comment on other people’s product”. It will take years to repair the damage done by the assasination of charachter perperated by MS competition.

    Just look at how horrible people’s reaction is to anything Microsoft, it bother on psychosis the reaction you get when you mention anything Microsoft. People treat MS as if it is shit, while MS is the most innovating company at this moment. MS should sack its PR department and start over to build its name again. It has been damaged beyond repairs if you ask me.

    • >> “MS is the most innovating company at this moment”.

      Really? What is innovative? A me-too smartphone OS? A catch-up browser? A revision of their Office cash-cow? A surface computing experiment that has no market? What’s really innovative from Microsoft?

        • Wow, Microsoft has researchers?? Well, they must be the most innovative company in the world!!

          Having a research department and being ” the most innovative company in the word” are two entirely different things. Thanks though.

          • You will find that Microsoft has more than just a mere research department. They maintain multiple separate institutes that are better funded than most universities on the planet. A little more than a research department.

          • The problem is not having people who are innovative. Microsoft has those people and programs in spades. The problem is the culture and politics prevent the vast majority of good innovation from making it into actual product. I’ve seen amazing stuff out of MS Research that’s never seen the light of day.

          • Take a look at BING see some of those features? Those are innovation. I watched a presentation by MSR on a number of these where they asked us which ones we liked the best. I know one of the researchers who did the work. That happened a long time before BING rolled out. If you actually pay attention you’ll see innovation everywhere in MSFT products.

          • and who brought online gaming to market in a big way? yep and it’s called xbox-live – over 50 million users on Microsoft’s cloud every day. long before Nintendo or Sony. John is absolutely correct – culture, politics and one guy at the top blessing every patent (Jobs) doesn’t exist at Microsoft. The upside and downside though is that innovation is not limited to one person’s decision.

          • over 9 Billion annually doing things to change the world in ways you can’t imagine. helping feed the world, cure chronic disease and stopping human trafficing. Working with everyone from the UN, the IRC, Interpol, National Science Foundation, NASA on technologies that are extemely cutting edge. and i don’t mean the Gates foundation either.

          • over 9 Billion annually doing things to change the world in ways you can’t imagine. helping feed the world, cure chronic disease and stopping human trafficing. Working with everyone from the UN, the IRC, Interpol, National Science Foundation, NASA on technologies that are extemely cutting edge. and i don’t mean the Gates foundation either.

      • Maybe you should get some sleep nightowl and start talking to people who live during the day. Either that or take off your one eyed goggles.

      • WIn Phone 7 is not me too – it is the only NOT me too phone OS
        Kinect is unique
        IE7 isn’t a catch up it is a zoom past in the fast lane (or why else are chrome and firefox desperately adding hardware acceleration?)
        Office remains far out in front BECAUSE that team innovates – first step into Web Apps obsoletes Google Apps in one go

  4. Sorry, but Win7 is not “a huge success”. On what basis do you say that? Win XP is 65% of the deployed PC base according to Net Applications (August 2010). Win7 has just under 20%. IE9 is a beta, not a reality – Chrome and Firefox are in production. The jury is out on WinMobile7. I hear your aspirations, but I don’t agree. The proof is in the market. Presently, the only phone I hear about is iPhone 4, iPhone 4, iPhone 4. My friends and neighbours are all buying them. And the most innovative computing device is not Netbook nor WinPhone but iPad. Good luck with your hopes. I sold my MS shares!

    • I don’t think that the fact that the market is slow and that hardware refreshs now run on a slower cycle takes anything away from the fact that Windows 7 is a very capable operating system. What are the complaints you have about Windows 7?

      IE9 is beta – of course – but it’s pretty real and quite usable in its beta state.

      Regarding the phone – we simply have to see, but it seems to be the Microsoft product with the most positive buzz in a long time.

        • Bruno, Bruno, Bruno… Put the Anti-Microsoft Kool-Aid down and open your mind.

          Windows 7 has been out for less than a year and already has twice the market share of Mac OS X… TWICE the market share. “So, what?” you might ask. Mac OS X has been out for several years/Windows 7 out for less than a year. Think about this. I’ll give you some time…

          Go ahead… think about it…

          Not a success? Come on… release the hate and open your mind.

          • I think the appropriate comparison to judge whether a new OS release is a huge success would be the % of install-base that upgraded to it.

            I have no idea what that is for either Mac OS X 10.7 or Window 7 but I would be surprised if (Win7 / AnyWin) >= (OSX10.7 / AnyOSX).

          • I think the appropriate comparison to judge whether a new OS release is a huge success would be the % of install-base that upgraded to it.

            I have no idea what that is for either Mac OS X 10.7 or Window 7 but I would be surprised if (Win7 / AnyWin) >= (OSX10.7 / AnyOSX).

          • I think the appropriate comparison to judge whether a new OS release is a huge success would be the % of install-base that upgraded to it.

            I have no idea what that is for either Mac OS X 10.7 or Window 7 but I would be surprised if (Win7 / AnyWin) >= (OSX10.7 / AnyOSX).

    • You are drinking a lot of Apple kool-aid i think. But I can say that if your friends and neighbors have never heard about so many devices with Android, they must be living in a different world from me.

      Can you please quantify how you awarded the most innovative computing device award to ipad? Just want to call out you as Apple fanboy, which you really are. Meanwhile, I’m a tech fanboy and company agnostic.

    • Nahnah,

      Even at 20% of the market after having been out a year or so, that’s far faster than XP, Windows 98, Windows 3.1. I’m not sure if it’s faster than the adoption rate of Windows 95, but unless you’re deluded enough to think that Windows as a whole has been a failure in the marketplace, that puts Win 7 in pretty elite company, adoptionwise. If “the proof is in the market”, Windows 7 is a winner.

      Firefox may be “in production”, but it’s marketshare has peaked and is in decline now. Maybe 4 will turn that around, but that isn’t “a reality” yet either.

      BTW, the iPhone may be all you hear about, but Android is eating its lunch. With a choice of carriers, manufacturers and form factors, Windows Phone 7 may yet do the same. But as you say, we’ll see when it hits the market.

      In any case, having good products is usually a leading indicator of market success. But by all means, wait until the stock has already risen before buying back in. And enjoy hanging onto those Apple shares now — selling at the peak price is overrated anyway.

    • “And the most innovative computing device is not Netbook nor WinPhone but iPad.” Wow…you really are living in a dreamworld! I guess you haven’t heard about Tablet PC (way back in 2000). iPad is just a “catch up” product for Apple…no innovation there…

    • The poor Jonestown victims, you insensitive types need to stop dragging their corpses through the trenches! Also, the reference is misused terribly…if anyone drank the Kool-Aid they would die soon after. I disagree that it associates with “cultist” X ‘[~)

  5. The Windows Phone 7 Kool Aid is getting ridiculous. They’ve caught up in a few basic areas and made a few nice UI innovations of their own but Apple and Google are still years ahead – rolling out tablet ecosystems, advanced functionality (integrated video calling, wireless AV connectivity, video editing) and far more established marketplaces that will make WP look instantly dated. The hardware isn’t compelling- if you’ve seen an Android device, no WP7 will turn your head. I expect Apple to sharpen the marketing message when (and if) the competition heats up. I expect this to be another Zune – pretty nice actually, but ultimately superfluous to the market and too late.

    • The only hardware device publicly released is the free developer LG phones that have been floating around. I hope you’re not basing your evaluation of WP7 devices based on this.

      • Nope, I’m basing it on the decades-long dearth of hardware innovation that the licensed OS model has produced and the basic motivations of these companies. In this model, the focus will always be on corner-cutting commodity devices (and simply reusing a hardware design has to be the most direct route to producing a phone). Even if someone (say, Sony) makes a decent WP7 phone, it won’t be in sufficient quantities to make it a compelling value.

        • Well, if making computers affordable enough that people all over the world can afford them isn’t as worthy as making innovative computers for the affluent, you might have a point.

          Except, of course, that the sheer breadth of the PC market has all manner of computers that Apple has nothing to compare to:

          Tiny handheld computers like the OQO that are full-fledged computers and not locked-down phones.

          Computers like the Sony Z-series that manage to be as fast as the 13″ MacBook Pro
          and as light as the MacBook Air (and still have a DVD drive and a full complement of ports).

          Innovative high-end laptops like the ThinkPad W701ds, which has a tablet digitizer in the wrist rest for artists, built-in color calibration for the screen that doesn’t requires $10,000 of separate equipment, and, to top it all, a second screen that slides out next to the main screen.

          Nope, there’s no hardware innovation going on in the PC world.

  6. You’re working pretty hard to sell a silly idea. IE 9 is not very good (though there’s still time to fix it). Windows Live is completely pointless. No one uses it voluntarily but MS funnels a lot of stuff through it in an attempt to artificially boost the numbers. Windows 7 is a hit mostly because Vista was such a failure. A lot of folks who deferred buying new (MS) stuff because they didn’t want to be saddled with Vista are now being forced to go to 7 because the equipment that Xp has been running on all these years is getting old.

    Sorry. You just aren’t making your case.

  7. The iceberg was hit, the hull was breached, the holds have filled up with water…

    The tanker has turned?! Microsoft is a sinking ship!! Who cares which direction it’s pointed in!

  8. “the tanker has now turned and is sailing ahead at full steam.” And therein lies the problem; the world doesn’t run on steam anymore.

    • LOL! Even the most advanced ships today run on steam. Nukes supply the heat to the water which runs the turbines. Therein lies the problem: People who think they have open minds are actually the most closed-minded people I’ve met. Microsoft funds the most advanced research facilities in the world. They may not get it right the first time, no doubt (I’m big enough to take some cheap shots .. go ahead..) but they’re pervasive and tenacious and they will continue to press other companies with vigorous competition. They’re not going away and I’m glad as a tech user that this just means that product innovation will continue to happen or companies will cease to exist.

  9. “is still one of the most popular email services on the planet and continuous to quietly innovate. ”

    Continues

  10. Funny to read this today. Yesterday – after a long time – i installed a fresh Windows 2008 Server on Amazon EC2. I downloaded an ISO file from MSDN to install it on that instance only to find out that to this very day there is no way to mount an ISO file in Windows 2008.

    I mean, come on. Microsoft offers ISO files in MSDN and expects me to install a third party software like MagicISO on a Datacenter Server. What are administrators of large corporations doing? Installing MagicISO Freeware on their datacenter servers or inserting CDs?

    And don’t even get me started on the alert and warning-window clickfest in IE8 while i try to install firefox on a on a Windows Server.

    It’s little things like this that makes me wonder if the tanker is really heading my way.

  11. The good thing (and the message behind) is that MS has finally realized it. Tanker has just turned, I’m sure it will speed up very fast, catch up and pass the “light weight” tankers ahead.

  12. You’ve used the word innovate wrong. Innovation is bringing something new to the environment. So far Microsoft is not innovating it’s simply modernizing and playing catchup to better players in the market.

    The only place Microsoft is truly innovating is with their gaming SDKs. They’re not innovating much or at all in other areas.

    • >Innovation is bringing something new to the environment.

      In that case Apple is not an innovator, apple has copied a lot from small software houses and there is the concept of Mac OS .. cough! as see at xerox parc

      Its funny that both Apple and Microsoft hired parc employees dont you think?

      • The Xerox Parc GUI development is true but Apple built on the idea and built something far better than was at Xerox – they built and improved a whole lot. The Mac OS was far better than what was at Xerox – which is why when Xerox shipped their own computer it was such a flop – fewer features and overpriced

        Microsoft on the other hand had to actually license the GUI and graphic routines in 85 from Apple and Microsoft didn’t take an idea of GUI and make it better like the way that Apple did with Xerox.

        Microsoft simply tried to lift the Apple OS.

        • err no, both Apple and Microsoft employed the creative talent from the same Xerox project. The whole business of Microsoft copying Apple is complete and utter FUD. Both companies got hold of the IP from Xerox employees in fact if the same thing happened today neither would get a way with it. Its a bit like Mark Zuckerberg’s former employer claiming that he was working on a Facebook style project for them before Facebook was born and that they owned the IP. On another note who owns the rights to code the company or the programmer is a age old question that used to give people headaches in the 80′s.

  13. too many M$ haters on this blog. Some ppl hate M$ so much that dont even try the new products before talking about them. Heres something: the new hotmail + active sync sincronization like exchange made me move from gmail to hotmail. YES from GMAIL! sounds odd isnt it? well try it. Second i was always a linux fan and i used to work with it for decades guess what happened when windows vista came live? i never used linux as a workstation anymore and windows 7 just proved the superiority of the OS. It just doesnt have competitors…it too good for the other to catch up. I dont know why ppl still uses windows xp, its crap, old, slow and buggy….why ppl talk bad about win7? prolly never used it. One last thing, windows phone7 is going to be a success because gamers will buy it, business ppl will buy it, developers are going to build appz like mad for it just because its so easy and regular ppl will buy it because it just works!

    • Talk about a fanboy… Hotmail is totally crap and slow, and Windows 7 is nothing special, that’s why people still use XP. And how can XP be slow if it’s actually FASTER than 7? Lol! Fanboy confirmed.

      • Look who’s tallking, mr MS hater in person. XP is way, way worse than 7, Hotmail is much better than GMail (I use both), and although MS has a lot of stuff to improve all around you’re the one showing who’s a fanboy here, dude.

        • Hotmail has one crippling flaw that you may have overlooked: they delete your mails if you don’t log in for a month or two.

          That’s all. I personally can’t think of a *worse* email service to use, simply because of that one flaw. The rest of the service is nice enough, but if I can’t trust them to store my mails, I’m out.

          • That may have been the case 5 or 6 years ago, but not now. I had a Hotmail account that I hadn’t logged into for 7 or 8 months… when I did, just the other day to check out the changes I’d heard about, everything was still there. I’m now in the process of switching back to it as my primary account (I’ll eventually close out my Gmail account).

    • “Second i was always a linux fan and i used to work with it for decades guess what happened when windows vista came live? i never used linux as a workstation anymore [...]“.

      You are either:

      a) A shill,
      b) An idiot, or
      c) (most likely) both of the above.

  14. I’ve brought in IE9 into our supported browser matrix. Basically I just about every thing I build works fine except in IE9. There’s always something I have to fix so it works in IE9. Just like it was with IE8, and IE7 and IE6. For example max-width settings on containers to which I dynamically add floating elements. All browsers will increase the containing element up to the max width, all browsers except IE9. Such little things popup all the time. So when you say IE9 has the potential to be the best browser, just from what position are you talking from?

  15. I do like the Office Web app’s, but the print support still needs a lot of work sadly. Nice start, and the great look and feel of full Office, but the print support is it’s big killer currently I’ve found for many customers.

    Live Essentials are great. And Security Essentials is just simply fantastic! Only problem case with the Essentials family is Live Mail, which is just to focused around tying users to Hotmail and confusing terminology for new users with “sync” instead of “Send and Receive”. Yes a smaller button, but many of the general public get utterly lost in that as daft as it may seem.

    IE9 looks interesting. Will be quiet intriguing to watch and see how it’s picked up by users but from the work so far, it looks a nice turnaround from earlier browsers.

    WinMo7 (yes I know it changed it’s name but this is simpler) is also looking very intriguing. I was holding back to buy one but couldn’t suffer Symbian any longer so went to Android. It’s going to be a very hard fight to get a place against it, and the developer support which is what many phones these days is mostly about. Not being a phone, just a mobile application device. Think the biggest point outside dev support will be how often it progresses with annual or twice annual upgrades? and are these going to come through pathetic lack lustre upgrades through mobile providers like those which curse the state of Android. Or will MS keep a firm control and issue upgrades to everyone centrally which would be a huge blessing for it. Guess we can but wait and see, and hope they get the move right to add a bit more competition into the market.

    A bit of a disappointment so far has also been tablet. Yes MS created them like 6 years back no matter what Apple may claim. But nothing seems to be occurring when they have the perfect vehicle for it with Embedded Compact 7. Having used Standard Embedded 7 it will be ideal. The OS is tiny, fast, and ideal for quick development of custom solutions. I just can’t work out why MS is taking so long on getting fast solutions out the door and into the hands of hardware companies to use. They have the solution. They’ve had it in various flavours for years. Please just get the stuff out the door!

  16. I suffer somewhat under Vista, but not enough to warrant a great migration in the middle of producing my work!

  17. Not too mention their cloud computing strategy, which is comprehensive in the PaaS world, unlike their clunky competitors

  18. Just ten years ago, Microsoft would have never done that.
    10 years ago, Facebook and other social networking sites did not exist, and the few that did were not popular. I’m not sure I understood, or identified, your conclusion to this article.

  19. 1) I find it interesting that the most “favorable” comments about MS are all anonymous
    2) MS earnings continue to suck therefore it’s stock price is moribund
    3) It’s “research” arm has produced little in the way of shipping innovation
    4) This blog is built with Opensource WordPress, Not MS software
    5)Comments here are powered by an innovative start-up “Disqus” which is built on Python, and Django open source software
    6) Few if any of the “hot” network start-ups use ANY Microsoft tools mostly all use open source
    7) Did not check, but I’ll bet this Blog also runs all Linux hosting

    So maybe the tanker is turning but as someone else observed here, who cares!

    • 1) I find it interesting that the most “favorable” comments about MS are all anonymous
      If that really matters, perhaps you could tell us who “dartdog” is? Anyway, here’s another anonymous comment…
      2) MS earnings continue to suck therefore it’s stock price is moribund
      MSFT earnings growth doesn’t suck: http://ycharts.com/companies/MSFT/eps.
      It’s true the stock price hasn’t moved much in 10 years, but that means the P/E ratio is looking quite attractive right now compared with most tech stocks.
      3) It’s “research” arm has produced little in the way of shipping innovation
      No need for quotation marks: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/press/fastfacts.aspx and you can now pre-order some new Microsoft Research Innovation for delivery in November: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmhEDvQnA_U.
      4) This blog is built with Opensource WordPress, Not MS software
      Who cares?
      5)Comments here are powered by an innovative start-up “Disqus” which is built on Python, and Django open source software
      Who cares?
      6) Few if any of the “hot” network start-ups use ANY Microsoft tools mostly all use open source
      Used to be true, but is changing: http://www.bizspark.com/one/Pages/default.aspx
      7) Did not check, but I’ll bet this Blog also runs all Linux hosting
      Who cares?

      So maybe the tanker is turning but as someone else observed here, who cares!
      Quite a lot of people should care, but because it’s a good thing, not a bad thing as you seem to think…

      • I don’t usually “feed the trolls” but 1) you can Google me or look at my Disqis profile. I am Not anonymous, 2) the earnings are flat if you exclude stock repurchases ie. no investment in the business has resulted in any earnings.
        The rest does not deserve comment

  20. ” Internet Explorer 9 has the potential to be one of the best browsers on the market”
    Hmm considering there are may be 5 ‘on the market’ it is already in the top 5!

  21. Well, Microsoft is too late with Windows Phone 7 (no relation to Windows 7). Its lunch was eaten by Andoid.
    Its browser will hold its own for a while.
    Bing search is me-too.
    Hotmail is me-too too.
    Azure to me-too for MS die-hards in the cloud
    Sorry. I can’t agree.

  22. Wow, MS really need to do something about these haters, it rather abnormal how much hatred people have for a company than championed the industry most of them work in. Loosen up people, its not a matter of life and death! Or is it? :-))

  23. You’d have to say though, where mobile is concerned, they’ve travelled so far in the wrong direction the race may already be over by the time they catch up.

  24. Another comentary that should really not be in the ‘News’ catagory. Like many ‘blogs’, ‘Opinion’ form a ‘vocal’ set of consumers may not represent reality, let alone the ‘rest of us’. I consider the source and would not consider this writer as a worthy ‘News Source’

  25. don’t care what you say about it – I love my Zune. I had an iPod and it just did not work for me. I like the Zune music suggestions in marketplace – I have found some incredibly cool bands because of this, and not just American bands. I find that unlike Pandora, I am able to get more variety. Yes there are other music services out there that are not too dissimilar – but Zune is simple to use and I never have to do any more than search and sync.

  26. “The Office Web apps easily beat the offerings of Microsoft’s competitors in both design and functionality.”

    wrong.

    • Or – to affer an alternative OPINION (since you have no evidence) – right.

      I think the two million people using them after one month probably think you are wrong – especially since that is about the same number Google managed in 3 years.

      (we are talking about actual users here not people with ‘accounts’)

  27. I guess I just don’t get it. Apple makes great products, Google makes great products, Microsoft makes great products. Everyone likes what they like. I am not a fan of Apple. I think the devices look great, but hate the interface (just a preference). I love the Android. I find it more fun to use and I like having different vendors to choose from. I am very excited to see WP7. I think it will be a nice additional to the market place. It is truely different from what is out there. Will it succeed? Time will tell. Is it a move in the right direction? Absolutely. Microsoft is making changes to bring it’s business focus back to include the general consumer. If you think that is a bad thing or it is too late, so be it. Most people would have said too little too late when Apple started their come back. Look at them now. They continue to put out great product after great product. More importantly they have a hold on our wallets with word of mouth advertising. Your friends have it so you have to (speaking abou the iPad here). It is the best? Is it innovative…..? That can be argued. It is slick looking and fun. You bet! That is something that PC vendors (MIcrosoft or Android) need to “get”. If you make it look nice (meaning the packaging) and fun (what you can do with it). You have a winner. Microsoft will do both. Are they playing catch up? For sure. But so is everyone. Apple is capitalizing on their winner. Why shouldn’t they. But Google/Android is coming on strong and Microsoft saw their mistake and is correcting it. Nothing but good times for us (the consumer).

  28. I guess I just don’t get it. Apple makes great products, Google makes great products, Microsoft makes great products. Everyone likes what they like. I am not a fan of Apple. I think the devices look great, but hate the interface (just a preference). I love the Android. I find it more fun to use and I like having different vendors to choose from. I am very excited to see WP7. I think it will be a nice additional to the market place. It is truely different from what is out there. Will it succeed? Time will tell. Is it a move in the right direction? Absolutely. Microsoft is making changes to bring it’s business focus back to include the general consumer. If you think that is a bad thing or it is too late, so be it. Most people would have said too little too late when Apple started their come back. Look at them now. They continue to put out great product after great product. More importantly they have a hold on our wallets with word of mouth advertising. Your friends have it so you have to (speaking abou the iPad here). It is the best? Is it innovative…..? That can be argued. It is slick looking and fun. You bet! That is something that PC vendors (MIcrosoft or Android) need to “get”. If you make it look nice (meaning the packaging) and fun (what you can do with it). You have a winner. Microsoft will do both. Are they playing catch up? For sure. But so is everyone. Apple is capitalizing on their winner. Why shouldn’t they. But Google/Android is coming on strong and Microsoft saw their mistake and is correcting it. Nothing but good times for us (the consumer).

  29. Great post… I wish they had made a better attempt to change their image. Windows 7 is great and although Windows Phone 7 looks to excellent but why call it Windows Phone? There are all kinds of experiences and feelings tied to Windows and Windows Phone and yet this is something new.

    If they really wanted to start new they should have ditched the “Windows” name from the phone.

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