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Opinion: Microsoft dying? Don't bet on it

Bolaji Ojo
7/13/2010 03:18 PM EDT

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bonzo   9/25/2010 6:25:37 PM
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Microsoft has too huge cash reserves to die, most of us agree that it hasn't been innovating recently or the products usually have tough time to pass the beta, but then their business model is strong and the customer base is so huge to even think of its demise

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Salio   9/3/2010 4:43:25 AM
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Considering how many different areas they have their hands in, I agree that MS is not going away any time soon. Microsoft will probably come up with something that they haven't done before to see where it goes. Like they did came with their own search engine. I agree not all MS products are appealing. For example, the newest MS Office package is horrible to see the least. I have used MS word and excel 2010 and UI is uncessarily difficult. I don't know what the people at Redmond were thinking when they made it. However, Power Point 2010 is much better than the earlier version. All in all, I don't think MS going away anytime soon. Considering the money they have in hand, they can buy out startups or other small companies to better their products and increase reach in the market.

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WSOCT   9/3/2010 1:37:08 AM
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You have to be a brave man (since all women are already brave) to write off a company like Microsoft. I fully agree. Even if the PC era ends (which I’m not so sure), Microsoft is too strong a company to die just because the sales of computers have slowed down. Microsoft has evolved significantly over the last few years. Bing has caused a few jitters at Google and Sony is increasingly worried about the upcoming Xbox releases. Though Windows may still be Microsoft’s best selling product, it is no longer the only bread earner for the company. While I agree that Microsoft has failed miserably on various avenues – Zune, Windows Mobile, Kin phones, but then “To err is human”. I think it’s foolish to write off a company of the stature of Microsoft. - Keith Schaub

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Pattricmk   9/1/2010 6:13:50 AM
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Cool article. Usually, these “Linux kills Microsoft on the desktop” predictions are made at the beginning of the year. It is refreshing to see such a prediction welcoming spring for a change. Hoping to see the same initiative next year.The blog is up I can say I really see this being Microsoft ends. Well then there is no doubt that today the company has come Microsoft other than too many. http://acaiadvancedcleanse.org/

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ManasK.RayChaudhuri   9/1/2010 3:37:56 AM
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YES,MICROSOFT WILL SURVIVE THE POST-PC ERA. IT WILL SURPASS MANY OTHER ERA's BECAUSE OF IT'S INNOVATIVE POWER.

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ManasK.RayChaudhuri   9/1/2010 3:32:49 AM
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MICROSOFT WILL NEVER DIE.IT IS SYNONYMOUS WITH EVOLUTION AND AS SUCH,SOMETHING NEW WILL COME OUT.

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ManasK.RayChaudhuri   9/1/2010 3:29:43 AM
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I AM TOO MUCH INVOLVED WITH MICROSOFT IUN MY CAREER. IT IS TOO MUCH FOR ME TO APPREHEND MICROSOFT FAILING EVER.

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CamilleK   8/31/2010 9:58:15 PM
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Microsoft is not disappearing soon. They are definitely being challenged and XBox excepted their forays in consumer products have not panned out. Most above have commented on the issues they have been having. Their challenge has been too many fronts at one time and one cannot be master of everything and it could risk being master of none. Apple expands sequentially once they own a product offering, and this is a more deliberate and focused strategy without being limited by focus. But even Apple was at the risk of disappearing when they lost their way (around the time they lost Steve Jobs BTW). There is a chance That Microsoft can re-invent its product definition and approach and they are for sure striving to achieve and succeed given the Microsoft enthusiasm and having a pile of cash and resources can go a long way if it is properly re-targeted. My feeling is if they look at better user interfaces (GUI, product design), rein in the code bloatware, and improve the quality of releases they can continue to be contenders. Moving the Office into a web based solution will help at least in terms of user acceptance (not sure about revenue impact). Their challenge is fighting on too many fronts with too many strong providers, some with free offerings (Google, Apple, Salesforce, Oracle, Sony) and they do have a customer satisfaction issue coupled with a perception of monopolistic behavior and overpricing. Strangely Apple, gets away with this similar perception possibly due to compelling products.

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will99878898   8/26/2010 7:51:31 AM
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MS won't be out soon for one reason, Bill Gates still holds a big share and still works there ... 1day/week. the same old guy who beat steve jobs many years ago is still around, so don't bet it ll lose soon. only if Bill suddenly disappears, then this comp might just fall apart hopelessly, like nortel etc...

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rdipaolo   8/20/2010 6:32:18 PM
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From an engineer's point of view, Microsoft products keep moving farther and farther away from being useful for engineering development. All of the improvements I see are geared towards average consumers and business administration. In the days of DOS, the PC/DOS combination while far from perfect did support the needs of the engineering lab quite well. Modern versions of Windows are simply not real-time enough for hard-core engineering use and is simply too difficult to program for and get the performance required to interface well to custom or unusual hardware or communications interfaces. So while Microsoft may not be near death, as far as the engineering world is concerned it might as well be. In my humble opinion, it's way past time for vendors of engineering-oriented software tools to make a mass migration to an OS that they (and we engineers) can depend on, and that won't radically change with the next release. I'd call Linux the best candidate. Believe it or not, I still keep a DOS PC around for those times when I need to be able to harness the FULL power of a PC for customs engineering apps that I use in the lab. I'm not inclined to want to learn how to program at "ring zero" just so that I can use Windows to do the same thing.

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