“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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