so let me get this. You're saying apple is doing well in the market. Is anyone in this topic saying otherwise?
no. But it's an important point, germaine to the discussion.
nobody is saying they are doing bad financially. Microsoft is not bad financially either.
um . . . One is doing incredibly, unbelievably well (even analysts hardly understand it. The other has been in a steady downward slide for years.
they have both probven to be successful companies in their markets.
they have, yes.
hell even google is recession proof considering their market value and how much control they have over web and search.
google isn't in the hardware business, nor are they in the os business (excepting android.)
these three are the big guys of the today's tech
can't argue with that.
we are talking about marketshare and os. Microsoft owns the pc market and there is no other way around no matter how many ads gets produced.
so? What exactly does ms' marketshare mean in relation to apple? How is that signficant? Apple has completely bypassed ms' marketshare pressure and is in a completely different league, dictating the trends. Ms chose to license their os to everyone and their dog. Apple did not. Apple rules its segment of the market. Ms and the generic box-makers are sccrambling for the bottom end. Ms' marketing campaign against apple failed miserably.
Yes, ms has the biggest share. Like any second-rate budget brand. When you lose the premium end, you've lost the kind of consumer that helps build the desirability of your brand name. Just ask the laptop hunter talent; they all wanted macs, but not every one could afford them, for whatever reason. The message was pretty clear. Apple doesn't do low end, and you have to pay to play. Very typical for a premium manufactuer.
microsoft has a tendency stick to their fights and finally prevail.
i'm not sure what this means. "prevail" in terms of what? And ms is notorious for sticking to wrong-headed ideas and underperfoming products. Ms is wasteful, and their finances show this in abundance. Hence, their lousy financial performance for the last few years, especially for the last 2-3 quarters. How long are consumers supposed to wait for ms to "prevail", while the smaller, leaner, meaner competition keeps releasing game-changing products, year after year? It's easy to label "failure" (i.e., winmo) as some sort of hidden, "long-term" strategy to success. Yes, ms meant to do that!! Right. I'm sure that's what ballmer's thinking during those embarrasing press conferences in rooms full of macs as he fumbles his way through yet another apple-obsessed speech. Ballmer knows people with $$ aren't buying his products he's peddling, which means? I think we all know what that means.
they took on sony (who made the most successful console of all time) and in this generation they are ahead of sony.
yes, they make a great console. Can't deny that. Unfortunately, their long-term xbox strategy doesn't seem to translate well anywhere else in the microsoft organization. They made the most successful "smartphone", nd in this generation over decade of work has been wiped out in two years by a competitor new to the game. And the bleeding continues.
and let me tell you this. Apple is doing great now but it doesnt mean it will continue forever.
obviously. Same can be said for every other company out there. Enter gm.
they fell once and they can possibly fall again.
ok. It's certanly *possible*, like anything else.
sony used to be the commander of the tech industry and today they are a shadow of what used to be the top premium company in the market. Michael dell had his famous "i'd sell the company and give the money back to the shareholders" moment and look where his company is today compared to apple.
it's easy to climb up but it is way more difficult to maintain that position.
true. That's true for any company.
many companies have failed when they reached the absolute top.
in a manner of speaking, yes.
microsoft got lucky and learned their lesson few years ago with vista and now they know they should take nothing for granted and hence they are doing much better (and yes, they should thank apple for that)
once again, i agree. The lesson-learned remains to be seen (give win 7 a few months to perform out in the wild), but so far it's looking good.