Monday, August 20, 2012

The Microsoft Lament

Let’s hope there is a turnaround. It isn’t that Microsoft is like Kodak where the retirement of film in the face of digital imaging completely changed the paradigm of photography. After all, Microsoft is in IT and IT is IT. Or is it?

Excerpts from the Australian Financial Review

Here’s a question you don’t often hear asked: whatever happened to Microsoft? To many people, it will seem a silly question. Microsoft, they point out, is still around – with a vengeance.

Microsoft dominates the market for PC operating systems and Office software, products that are still licences to print money: its Xbox game console sweeps all before it; its server software is a big seller in the corporate world. In 2012, the company’s net revenues totalled $US74 billion.

In the quarter ended 31 March 2012, the iPhone had sales of $US22.7 billion. In the same period, Microsoft earned $US17.4 billion from everything it sold. So a single Apple product, which didn’t exist five years ago, had higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer.

Cue the predictable storm of protests that this is a misleading comparison: apples and bananas and all that. Smartphones are not office systems, you can’t run the NHS on iPhones, blah-de-blah. All true.

So we have the upcoming Windows 8. And Office 2013 / Office 15 / Office 365.

Don’t blink, Microsoft. I hate it when giants blink

Catch me on Figuring out Windows 8 and Office 2013

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