So Microsoft is feeling the need to put Apple down these days? My, my Apple is so blessed to get so much press for so few dollars! You need to ask yourself why Microsoft is feeling the urge these days to attack Apple. It certainly isn’t because they are a small software company is it? No it seems market share of Micrsoft is starting down the path of shrinking ever so slightly. Even with the millions of PCs out there in the market and the need to expand cheap PCs around the world (who would have ever thought a laptop computer would be selling for $300 to 400?), the Windows market seems to have reached a maximum capacity of sorts.
I’d submit to you a few thoughts that has to be weighing on Microsoft’s mind. One, the operating system for a PC is just become a huge battleship sitting on the landscape of a PC. This isn’t really a new thought as how many industry analyst’s or PC gurus regularly complain about the MS OS? This past year I’ve played a lot with Ubuntu Linux, and though I’m not a super geek, it’s just amazing to me, to see my laptop zip along like a Ferrari while running Linux. Have you noticed the Walmart, Target mini laptops all run under Linux? Well how would one sell a computer for $300 and think they could put a $200 OS on the computer? I have a need for speed, and frankly Microsoft Operating System doesn’t have it. If my computer would not hiberanate, I think I’d be ready to throw out Microsoft all together. Why should I have to wait 3 to 5 minutes while my laptop loads all the junk it wants to have when the computer is fully up? Here in the U.S. how did the Toyotas, Hondas and Hyundais catch so much of the market? Yeah the basically said to the American market, big, gas-guzzling, and poor running (maintenance) is not the game. Will the software industry learn this lesson and apply it?
Lastly, I’m of the opinion that Apple has Microsoft just plain scared. The most pervasive device in the world is the cell phone and Apple is not only storming the market and already sitting at position number 2, but their product is a full blown computer and continues to morph every 6 months, into something bigger and better. Consider just three points, 1) they are in 80 countries of the world, o.k. MS is in a lot more; 2) they are approached 1 billion doownloads of software at their app store, o.k. this is not apples and oranges (no pun intended), but it means something is very successful and powerful and 3) their operating system is exploding, I’m mean when a 9 year old can develop a piece of software for the App Store, when has Microsoft done any such accomplishment. (I don’t doubt there are some 9 year olds who have programmed some small MS application, but does it have world presence in 80 countries of the world). Yeah, you get my point eh?
Oh well, sorry to rant on today, I just think He Who Slings Mud, Loses Ground. Let’s get on with MS and reinvent yourself, now! Blabbering and beating others won’t get you anywhere.