CNNMoney: Microsoft is a dying consumer brand

Apple Online StoreDavid Goldman reports for CNNMoney, “Consumers have turned their backs on Microsoft. A company that once symbolized the future is now living in the past.”

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft never symbolized the future to anyone who even partially understood what they were witnessing. Microsoft symbolized “oh, look, I can get something that I delude myself is close to a Mac because I’m too cheap and/or ignorant to get the real thing.”

Goldman continues, “Microsoft has been late to the game in crucial modern technologies like mobile, search, media, gaming and tablets. It has even fallen behind in Web browsing, a market it once ruled with an iron fist.”

MacDailyNews Take: Illegally.

Goldman continues, “It’s not like Microsoft didn’t foresee the changes ahead. With a staff of almost 90,000, the company has many of the tech world’s smartest minds on its payroll, and has incubated projects in a wide range of fields that later took off.”

MacDailyNews Take: We, of all people, could run the company better than Ballmer with 1/10th the staff. Imagine what a real CEO could do. (May Ballmer remain Microsoft CEO for as long as it takes!)

Goldman continues, “Experiments like Courier (tablets), HailStorm/Passport (digital identity), and Windows Media Center (content in the cloud) show the company was ahead of the game in many areas — but then it either failed to bring those products to market, or didn’t execute.”

MacDailyNews Take: Courier was total vapor intended to distract from Apple’s real tablet. Obviously, it worked for the easily distracted. That Goldman includes it as an example of being “ahead of the game” is a joke and ought to be embarrassing to him. Ignorance is bliss.

Goldman continues, “‘In this age, the race really is to the swift. You cannot afford to be an hour late or a dollar short,” says Laura DiDio, principal analyst at ITIC. “Now the biggest question is: Can they make it in the 21st century and compete with Google and Apple?’ Some influential analysts think not. Several have downgraded Microsoft’s stock in recent weeks, as PC sales continue to slow and Microsoft struggles with its tablet strategy. The company’s stock is down more than 17% this year.”

“As Apple has proven, success in consumer products can fuel explosive growth. Apple surpassed Microsoft’s market value earlier this year, and is on pace to eclipse the company in sales for 2010,” Goldman reports. “And if Microsoft cedes consumer ground, it risks its enterprise stronghold. Businesses are becoming more willing to allow employees to use their personal devices for work purposes, and a growing number of those gizmos are Macs, iPads, [and] iPhones…”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s telling that even people who are as confused about what Microsoft was/is as Goldman are beginning to see the end. People are finally waking up. The one true innovator will win the war, not the bloated, slow-footed imitator whose only real “win” came when Apple was being run (into the ground) by incompetents.

124 Comments

  1. “‘In this age, the race really is to the swift.”

    Nope, the race is to the prepared. Steve Jobs and Co. have focused a lot money and years in developing the Apple ecosystem.

  2. “‘In this age, the race really is to the swift.”

    Nope, the race is to the prepared. Steve Jobs and Co. have focused a lot money and years in developing the Apple ecosystem.

  3. In general, if something has a Microsoft logo on it, that is like a bull’s eye and that product will either lock up, crash, or just disappoint the user. If there is an upgrade, your Microsoft software and products will need to be replaced because, Microsoft follows their standards not the standard set by the manufacturer of the device or system.

    And where is the “Dancing Monkey” app?

  4. In general, if something has a Microsoft logo on it, that is like a bull’s eye and that product will either lock up, crash, or just disappoint the user. If there is an upgrade, your Microsoft software and products will need to be replaced because, Microsoft follows their standards not the standard set by the manufacturer of the device or system.

    And where is the “Dancing Monkey” app?

  5. Best quote in the article –
    “So it’s up to Microsoft to turn that around by being a leader, rather than a follower, in the consumer market.”
    When has that ever happened?

  6. Best quote in the article –
    “So it’s up to Microsoft to turn that around by being a leader, rather than a follower, in the consumer market.”
    When has that ever happened?

  7. Sadly, this will be a very slow death. Believe it or not, there is a VERY large world outside the U.S. boarders and, for the most part, the rest of the world is still entrenched in Windows and Office and will be for the next 5-10 years.

    Believe me, I am NOT happy about this. But it does seem to be current reality (let us all pray that that reality changes quickly)…

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