Don Tennant finds it striking that the IT visionaries who foresee a decline in Microsoft’s dominance due to threats like Linux and Google never mention Apple Computer.

“Long before Linux became a thorn in Microsoft’s side, Apple was a full-fledged pain in the company’s you-know-what… Microsoft had to deal with the abhorrence of being perceived as a technology follower, playing catch-up to the operating-system strides that Apple was making. That the best technology doesn’t always win is a truth of life to which Microsoft owes much of its success, and Apple’s technology never really bruised much more than the egos of Microsoft’s executives. Still, it’s interesting that Apple has become so completely marginalized in some quarters that it’s no longer even part of the discussion of a future world order in which Microsoft is seen as less dominant,” Tennant writes for Computerworld.

“I’m no IT futurist, but trust me, you need to include Apple in the discussion… The best technology may not always win. But it’s not going to go away, either,” Tennant writes.

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