“The computer industry is undergoing a transition to web services and mobile hardware, neither of which are dominated by Microsoft.,” Robert X. Cringely writes for Reuters. “Yet in each Apple holds a leadership role. So while Microsoft can continue to live off Windows and Office fat for years to come, absent some very dynamic product initiatives, the long term trend for Redmond is far from good.”
“The trend line is definitely up for Apple and mildly down for Microsoft. It took 13 years to do it, but Apple is well positioned now to take Microsoft’s crown. I mean it… But that doesn’t mean that Apple’s success is guaranteed any more than is Microsoft’s failure,” Cringely writes. “If Apple is going to maintain its momentum it will have to take on bigger and bigger competitors, which Steve Jobs seems eager to do. Not just Microsoft, in this case we’re talking about the publishing, broadcasting, and movie industries, as Apple moves to dominate those media the way it already does music. Microsoft is nowhere to be seen in any of these venues.”
Cringely writes, “Microsoft, on the other hand, is still a mighty company earning $1 billion per month and determined to remain a factor in American life. But is it the social and cultural force Apple has become? No, nor was it ever. Will both companies still be huge in five years? Sure. In 10 years? That’s an interesting question.”
Full article here.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Bob C.” for the heads up.]