“Almost one year ago today, we laid out the nightmare scenario for Microsoft that could lead to its business collapsing,” Jay Yarow writes for The Business Insider. “After laying it all out, we concluded, ‘Fortunately for Microsoft, none of this is going to happen.’”

Yarow writes, “We were wrong.”

“A lot changed in the last year. Microsoft’s nightmare scenario is actually starting to take hold,” Yarow writes. “Each of the slides that follows has one piece of the nightmare scenario for Microsoft. In the body of the slide, we explain where Microsoft stands in comparison to that hypothetical situation.”

Microsoft’s nightmare scenario:
1. The iPad eats the consumer PC market
2. Employees gradually switch away from using Windows PCs for work
3. Windows 8 fails to stop the iPad
4. Loyal developers start to leave the Microsoft platform
5. Windows Phone gets no traction despite the Nokia deal and RIM’s collapse
6. Office loses relevance [as people finally realize they don't need it]
7. Microsoft’s other business applications start to erode
8. The platform business collapses
9. The Xbox was never going to make up the slack, and Microsoft can no longer afford to keep investing in it
10. Microsoft suffers a huge quarterly loss. Ballmer retires to play golf

Yarow writes, “Windows 8 doesn’t seem to be reasserting the dominance of the PC. Windows Phone is not a viable third platform. Bing is still burning money. The Microsoft nightmare scenario is actually becoming a reality.”

Read much more about each of the 10 points listed above in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft’s nightmare is the stuff of which our dreams are made.

Hey, Monkey Boy, how many Surface tablets have you sold?

Ballmer big, fat zero

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Tayster" for the heads up.]

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