MS has been a late comer of various products which include portable music device and mobile communication. So is Sony. Sony resists to join the battle of MP3 because of it will go against its record division. However, a company as big as Sony and MS will not fall easily. There is momentum and they still have products that are more attractive than similar product in the market. In MS case, Microsoft office is still popular. A lot of mac users are using microsoft office even they rate Apple a lot higher than MS. OneNote, Visio and Project are still my favorite applications that I can't find competitive products even though I have been using OpenOffice on my Linux for years.
I am sure Microsoft will find its way out to continue bring surprising products to the market.
Perhaps it is time to retire the word "Wintel", since Microsoft's and Intel's fortunes are far less coupled in the post-PC era.
It's always risky to bet against the big guy, but in operating systems, MS truly is competing with "free" or almost free. Applications are a different story.
But Intel has a strong lead on silicon manufacturing and even ARM admits that it won't be too long before Intel catches up to ARM on low power.
Which company would you rather be? Being big and well-established does not automatically make you a dinosaur.
Well, i remember speech of Paul Otellini at May 11, which is also posted by eetimes, mentioning
about ARM and blaming that their way of biz is not suitable to make money. At that time i said...
Wow giant intel is concerned about little boy growing. Indeed not focusing further to decrease their
cost and value of their products, has was criticising & underestimating the potential power of the
little guy who doesnt deal with foundry & production issues, despite focusing on R&D. This was
a good sign how imminent future and post-PC era as Rick mentioned will be shaped. Just look
how popular apple i-*** products became who indeed have nothing to do with intel x86 yet powered
with ARM core, or hand sets getting more and more intelligent, computer like again thank to little
boy. Its true M.soft tends to be fat-guy, acting slow. That is very bad habit of them, however
didnt have strong fellow against since recently. Unix like free solutions for desktops are still premature
and not promising powerful imminent future against fat boy cause of lack of strong big brother support,
in fact very strong at server side however their implementation to mobile sets was simply brilliant. At last
manufacturers have change to focus further on development not licensed software costs or limitations
related. Yes, at last you got strong punch fatboy, and yes have to worry. This is a very correct sentence
as Rick mentioned M.Soft's chum, HP recently canceled their windows 7 based pad project and decided
to go with acquired tech, webOS which is the most suitable solution for multitasking based post-PCs and
mobile handsets in my view. Shouldnt miss droid the mighty varlet also. If we dont see a shaking
wake up from MicroSoft shortly yes, they will loose place at mobile era, and will be playing at cable