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. The Pursuit of Excellence = Apple
    The Pursuit of Money = M$

    Now that people increasingly demand excellence, M$ finds itself a bit out of its league. It has to continue to strong-arm competitors. This won’t work much longer.

  2. I do not remember the exact quote, but it was something like this,

    in the 80’s, Jobs told Gates that Macintosh was better than Windows, and Gates replied,” it doesn’t matter”

    Well Mr. Gates, it matters now

  3. ‘No he doesn’t believe any of that’ gets it. Gets it by the truckload.

    The Zune is set to take off and run laps around Apple’s iCrap. First you’ll see a few Zunes on the bus, then a few more, a few more, and BAM! everyone will be packing a Zune. In a few short years nobody will remember the iPod.

    The end is near Apple lemmings. You can’t say ‘No he doesn’t believe any of that’ and I didn’t warn you.

    The delusional assertion Microsoft is out of touch is high comedy.

    Your potential. Our passion.

  4. There is a reason spacmen drink your juice.

    I see more and more people on THIS VERY SITE discussing Zune every day. Apple couldn’t buy that kind of mindshare for love or money.

    Yours truly,
    No he doesn’t believe any of that

  5. hotinplaya
    perhaps you missed the point of the answer. Microsoft is interested in the power that comes with huge sums of money, not in the hype of coolness or the beauty of design. Neither of these matters to them. Money here is the game, lots of it and MS still rules in that regard and will for the foreseable future. You and I might choose easy of use and elegance, Bill chooses money and he is getting it

  6. “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….”

    Count me among the dubious that Steve literally meant the Personal Computer era is over.

    Really…if past quotes about things like video on iPods, convergence, etc. are any indicatiors, he most likely means just the opposite.

    Of course, since Steve was recently quoted as saying that the new Macs coming down the road are going to blow people away (or something to that effect), it’s possible he literally meant PCs… of the Windows variety.

  7. Walter: Mr Walter that was not my comment by the way

    “ifon IZ bezxt

    Mrsoft suxx

    offiss wun trik ponyy “

    But also don’t digg at me, I don’t mind people saying they are offended, And there’s a million and one ways to describe Gates and Uncle Fester without insulting potential and actual Apple customer’ OK agreed

    OK.

  8. “The Zune is set to take off and run laps around Apple’s iCrap. First you’ll see a few Zunes on the bus, then a few more, a few more, and BAM! everyone will be packing a Zune.”

    Very funny…I have yet to see a Zune outside of a store shelf.

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