Beleaguered Microsoft is now irrelevant to computing, and they want the world to know it

“With two major cave-ins in the past few weeks, Microsoft is screaming at the top of its lungs about how irrelevant it is,” Charlie Demerjian writes for SemiAccurate. “For the past few decades, Microsoft has been a monopoly with one game plan, leverage what they have to exclude competition. If someone had a good idea, Microsoft would come out with a barely functional copy, give it away, and shut out the income stream of the innovator. Novell, Netscape, Pen, and countless others were crushed by this one dirty trick, and the hardware world bowed to Redmond’s whims.”

“The company sucked the life and innovation out of the industry for so long that eventually no one innovated because it was pointless, if the idea was good, Microsoft would end it,” Demerjian writes. “Ask Gateway about doing something as basic as making the initial desktop and installation process more user-friendly. Microsoft killed them for the sin of trying to make the user experience better. Everything stagnated as a result of this misuse of monopoly power.”

“What are the two recent cave-ins which show that Microsoft wants the world to know that they are irrelevant? XP and XBox, X marks the spot really. Both have recently been the focus of major Microsoft policy shifts that the company swore would not happen,” Demerjian writes. “Both were a line drawn in the sand that Microsoft was hinging their future on, and like Office and Exchange on mobile, the world said no. Once again there was no backup plan either so Microsoft had to publicly crawl on their stomachs to apologize. Mis-management indeed… For any onlooker that still doesn’t realize how irrelevant Microsoft is, these latest two should be quite direct proof. Microsoft wants you to know they are irrelevant, and you have to give them credit for at least trying to get the word out, loudly.”

Much more in the full article – recommended – here.

MacDailyNews Take: We love the smell of Microsoft’s irrelevancy in the morning.

If for some reason, we make some giant mistakes and IBM wins, my personal feeling is that we are going to enter a computer Dark Ages for about twenty years.Steve Jobs, February 1985

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Aparajita” for the heads up.]

38 Comments

  1. The sad part of Jobs quote from 1985 is that he was about 10 years off. The dark ages of computing will last about 30 years rather than 20 years. But the Renaissance is on the way.

    Also, if you want to have some fun, the next time you are in a meeting with corporate IT guys tell them that MS will not be around in 5 years. Most of them look down at the table at that point and admit that that statement is likely true.

    1. Unfortunately, not quite all. At my company, when I say this, they think I’m delusional. Companies that resolutely tie their fortunes to Microsoft will find themselves much smaller companies by the end of this decade. If you are working for such a company, you have at most a three-year warning to get out before the signs become unmistakable.

    2. I disagree. Steve wasn’t stating that IBM (and Microsoft) had won and that Apple had lost in 1985. His statement was an “If…when…then…”; he was pondering what the tech future would be like if companies (like the aforementioned) became the dominant hardware and software standard.

      Based on Apple hitting its nadir in 1997 (the year they almost went under), with worldwide Mac sales at less than 0.3% of personal computers and US sales of Macs at just 1.2%, I’d make the argument that the 20-year cycle started at that point in time.

      As we see evidence of Macs and iOS devices taking even large businesses by storm in the past few years, it seems logical to conclude that Windows boxes may very well become a minority player by 2017. Some will remain, merely because a few “trucks” are still needed.

      Steve really was a true visionary.

  2. I hope Apple’s paying attention. With all the lame updates to OS X that Apple has been foisting on users since Snow Leopard, it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Apple suffer the same fate. At some point, users might just say no to Apple as well; the non-disciples anyway.

  3. “Microsoft’s Swiss-cheese security model” has worked brilliantly for a long time. At my work IT has barricaded itself in behind Windows. Regardless how long it takes, with the demise of M$ comes the demise of the all powerful IT department. Right now they can still say what goes or not, simply by making management believe all the bad that will happen if IT doesn’t get their way. But users are already voting with their feet and their own money, bringing their own iPads and MacBooks to work. Management does too. The writing is on the wall, and IT can’t see it through their Windows coloured spectacles……..

    1. IT are the modern day shamans. But the common people have shed their superstitious ways, thus the old feudal system can not stand without moat and portcullis. Slowly but surely, the medieval period is drawing to a close.

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