Why Apple is beating Microsoft

“The recent joint interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates at D5 highlighted for me what makes Apple a great company, and why Microsoft continues to struggle on all fronts except Windows and Office,” Danny Gorog writes for APC Magazine.

“Both leaders are visionaries, that is for sure. In fact Gates built the first software company when nobody knew what a software company was, and subsequently conquered the market. His approach to selling DOS and then Windows to anybody that would buy it made sense in the early days. But he was lucky as well. Lucky that Apple didn’t pursue the same ‘license the OS’ strategy, because if it had there’s no doubt that Apple would have a larger share of the PC market than the 5% it now enjoys,” Gorog writes.

“But like Steve said at D5, the era of the PC is largely over. Most innovation now is happening on what he calls post-PC devices, like music players and mobile phones. And that is what Apple is focusing on,” Gorog writes. “Microsoft, however, still doesn’t get it and I believe the lack of understanding comes from the top. Gates still maintains that tablet PCs are going to take over the world, that Microsoft will eventually dethrone Google to be the new leader in search, that Zune will eventually rival the iPod for market share and that Microsoft has already conquered the smart phone market. Somebody please tell the man he is dreaming.”

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79 Comments

  1. Yes, Ballmer is more delusional than Gates. Let’s hope he stays at MS for at least another five years.

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  2. He should stop trying to take over companies doing great things, and step back to what got them there in the first place. Work on your own OS so it is not crap and make office better. Stick to your bread and butter. Not this, wow Google is making billions, lets step in and see if we can beat them. iPod is the best and most popular music player, I got an idea lets see if we can steal away customers. Cause customers want to buy another MP3 player, and convert there songs from iTunes. Look Gates, the same reason people are stuck with windows and office is because they have all the software and things they use. So, Google and apple are going to just go aways cause you put out a similar product, which in awful in comparison.

  3. He HAS to pretend to–that’s his job. Give the man a break.

    The Zune has a lot going for it–the sharing ability to walk up to anybody and let them listen to a song without them having to plug their headphones into your player (which is just annoying to have to do). But that alone is not enough to best the iPod, because a lot of the time you go out into the world and don’t see very many Zunes to share with. That will change!

    The Zune won’t really sell well until there are a ton of them out there. But once that happens, sales will skyrocket.

    Meanwhile, let Gates and Ballmer give their pep talks. Steve Jobs does the same when he claims the iPhone will take off.

  4. Well Steve is cool

    Bill likes Steve in fact I think He is was a homo and Liked Steve,

    It his life thing;
    MS are a bunch of Inbreds Supported by a much of game playing PC nerds,

    Bill is gay liked Steve

  5. @ No He Doesn’t Believe

    You mentioned that the Zune won’t sell well until there are a ton out there, but don’t they have to sell well before there can be a ton out there. Kind of circular reasoning, don’t you think?

  6. “…and why Microsoft continues to struggle on all fronts except Windows and Office,” Danny Gorog writes for APC Magazine.

    Those are two pretty big and significant exceptions! That’s kind of like saying that Toyota struggles on all fronts except for selling cars. It’s no secret that Windows and Office make up the vast majority of Microsoft’s revenue.

    “Most innovation now is happening on what he calls post-PC devices, like music players and mobile phones. And that is what Apple is focusing on”

    How convenient for Apple! They are in better position than anyone to succeed! Am I to suppose that PCs are going to remain about the same for years to come? Is innovation slowing in the PC area? For me, I don’t care how innovative an iPod or iPhone is, if I can’t edit my Word documents, it’s useless without a PC!

    I applaud Apple for recognizing a new market (non-PC devices) and capturing it. The iPod has been one of the most successful devices in a long time, and the iPhone looks to have similar effects. But I’m not going to watch Stevie-boy claim that the future is in non-PCs just because his PCs aren’t selling as well as he’d like. I believe he’s HOPING that the future is in non-PC devices, but we’ll just have to see.

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