Microsoft: ‘The Lazy Dinosaur’

“Today, Microsoft’s behavior is dramatically similar to Apple’s a decade ago. Microsoft similarly sits on huge wealth and revenues and wields significant market control, but the company has been unable to develop new markets,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted.

“Its attempts to move into TV DVR boxes and consumer electronics, broaden the Windows PC into tablet consumer devices, sell its software technology for use in phones, PDAs, game consoles, and music players, and sell DRM for media rentals have all been billion dollar failures,” Eran writes.

Eran writes, “Microsoft’s three profitable segments, Server products, desktop copies of Windows, and sales of Office, are very much like three Apples from 1995. Still making billions, but operating as if they are completely unaware that they now face intense competition for the first time.”

Eran writes, “Combined with a reliance on isolationist, proprietary platform development and strangled by the tentacles of legacy, Microsoft’s position as a lazy dinosaur is retarding its ability to compete against faster moving rivals, including the daily builds of Linux attacking its efforts in the Enterprise, and the new Macs being pumped out through Apple’s retail stores to take on premium PC sales on the desktop.”

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32 Comments

  1. Microsoft will not all of a sudden disappear as the dinosaurs did. MS has WAAAY too much money to just go away. They will die a very slow death. Actually Office will probably never go away. As it dies MS may see that Office is its most valued asset and decide to release it for Linux.

    Office on Win/Mac/Linux/Solaris would dominate if the price is right.

    (i hate office though)

  2. Apart from the odd and unnecessary political interjections, this guy writes really well.

    Digg should be ashamed of their censorship and allowing themselves to be bullied by a bunch of MS fixated thugs.

    Glad that kind of thing hasn’t happened on MDN.

  3. The worst thing about Microsoft is that they make so much profit on such crap, their operating profit was very roughly a third of their sales for the last year. That’s profit on old, insecure, rubbish products. God knows how much money they’d make if they actually did genuinely good things across the board.

  4. Seriously, nobody knows if dinosaurs died THAT quick! Few centuries were nothing, at that time. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />
    But believing there’s too much monney to disappear is a dangerous bet. What about the early 20th century economical crisis?
    All those billions could just worth nothing within few hours. The value of blank paper could be higher then these small printed black and green one…
    M$, the old tyranosaur, could disapear quite swiftier than it’s old cousins.

  5. almux: M$, the old tyranosaur, could disapear quite swiftier than it’s old cousins

    …or M$ could experience a resurgence in part as a result of the more-popular-every-day Xbox 360. It’s a computer and an HD-DVD hard drive disguised as a video game box which you can find in more and more living rooms… where Steve Jobs wants to be. So don’t be too quick to predict Softy’s demise.

    I hope Apple buys Nintendo. They were made for each other.

  6. Fatal: Do you think dinosaurs died overnight? The mass extinction that occurred at the end of the cretaceous period could have taken several thousand years to occur. Interestingly even before that calamitous event, dinosaurs were in decline. That could be due to changing climate, increased competition from mammals or a combination of those and other factors.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretaceous-Tertiary_extinction_event

    I think the parallel is rather good. Dinosaurs were well adapted to the Cretaceous environment. However when conditions changed and other species evolved that could compete more efficiently, they started to decline.

    It is unlikely that a catastrophe similar to a meteor hitting the earth will occur in the computing world. But Apple (and Intel) are innovating faster than M$ and the PC makers making their products far more attractive.

    The conditions have change – people want to do more exciting things with their computers than running office. From science through to IT, Apple have more potential to provide more efficient products that are easy to use.

    M$ decline has been happening for years now but in the next 5 it will accelerate dramatically.

  7. Microsoft has grown obese and sluggish by going after the low hanging fruit and has become the Richard Simmons of the tech world. The question is, can they be as successful at drawing attention to themselves?

    Microsoft is becoming Microhard and the Zune is the last of the fruit within reach. They will perish if they aren’t disciplined enough to focus on what matters most; even parasites will eventually abandon its host.

  8. re: Microsoft has grown obese and sluggish by going after the low hanging fruit and has become the Richard Simmons of the tech world. The question is, can they be as successful at drawing attention to themselves?

    Microsoft is becoming Microhard and the Zune is the last of the fruit within reach. They will perish if they aren’t disciplined enough to focus on what matters most; even parasites will eventually abandon its host.

    —–

    Well Bill Gates has gone – so thats one parasite that has left M$.

  9. Eran writes, “Its attempts to move into TV DVR boxes and consumer electronics, broaden the Windows PC into tablet consumer devices, sell its software technology for use in phones, PDAs, game consoles, and music players, and sell DRM for media rentals have all been billion dollar failures,”

    Easy explanation for this snippet: Consumers, enterprise or otherwise, look at any given computer controlled hardware device and see that Windows is at the helm, i.e. Windows, Windows CE, Windows tablet, etc., and scratch their respective heads and say to themselves, “There’s got to be something better.” Or is it just me.

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