Originally Posted by extremeskater
LOL. If this wasn't so sad it would be funny. The general concensus on the internet is the ads are pathetic and sad, not to mention a simple repeat of the same old ads. People like you have been saying MS has been on a downslide for years and ten years ago people like you said they wouldnt be around yet here they still are with the same market share they have always enjoyed. Ten years from now it will be the same story.
Maybe decades from now MS won't have the leading OS but decades have proven it won't be Apple that unseats them. I have history to back my up statement you have nothing but a fantasy future to try and back up yours.
Well, of course, that's the reaction I would expect from you. But, here you are on AI frantically trying to convince us all that Apple is pathetic and Microsoft and Windows are absolutely fabulous. You could just be a troll, but I think it's more likely you are here to defend your self-esteem.
As for the ads reinforcing the same message being a negative, you either have shockingly little knowledge of very basic psychology, or again, your denial gets in the way of you seeing the truth; more likely the latter.
Ten years ago, people like me
were urging the DoJ to break Microsoft into 4 or 5 pieces because people like me
were concerned that they'd be around forever and completely stifle the technology industry if something weren't done about them. I don't think their downslide started until a few years ago, although, perhaps the seeds for it were sown much earlier.
It's more than somewhat ironic that someone who says he works for IBM would make such a strong argument that, because a company is on top, they will remain on top. But, in fact, history isn't such a good predictor of the future, so what you really have supporting your argument is nothing but your fervent desire that it be true.
I doubt very much that Mac OS X will ever become the dominant operating system in the personal computer market (1). What is much more likely is that Google (2) will launch a full scale assault on Microsoft at some point, taking away pretty much all of the low-end, third-world, and very likely the mid-end consumer markets with a free OS that will provide all the features that the average Windows user uses (which isn't really that much) with better security and stability; and Apple will continue its dominance in the high-end of this market.
This will basically leave Microsoft in essentially the same position IBM is in today, with an installed base of business users with too much of a technology commitment to switch to anything else, or needing some specific technology that Microsoft offers and is still better than what Linux can. They might still retain some small segment of the consumer market, but it's hard to see what that might be.
I know you reject this view of the future, but this is where I see the trends pointing, and I don't see anything at all that indicates that Microsoft has a strategy for preventing it. Windows 7 may be the best Windows ever (3), but it isn't that strategy.
1. Not dominant in terms of installed base, at least. In some ways -- e.g., it's already the operating system that is considered the standard of excellence for others to meet, by reviewers and others -- it already is the dominant OS.
2. It might possibly not be Google, but they are certainly the most likely candidate, they certainly have the ambition for it, and they do seem focused on taking revenue from Microsoft wherever they can. And, while for Apple to win, Microsoft doesn't have to lose, for Google to win, Microsoft does have to lose.
3. It's a rather cataclysmic event for an OS vendor when a new release isn't "the best yet". This is the main reason Vista is such a colossal disaster for them and has tarnished their image so badly.