Originally Posted by Rogifan
What are you talking about? Microsoft is the 3rd or 4th most valuable company in the world. They basically own the enterprise. Microsoft is FAR from being run in to the ground.
What people here refuse to accept s quite simple; Microsoft cannot go down. Not today, not in the next 10 years. And since no one seems to be able and/or willing to invest money and effort to build alternative ecosystem, you can just as well add couple of more decades to that. If Microsoft would really be on their way to oblivion, US and pretty much every other developed country would jump in with billions of dollars and ask if they can give more.
And the reason is really simple. Regardless of what people think of MS's consumer products, they are one of pillars of enterprise world, with large corporations and governments being their most loyal customers. In some occasion, replacing their products on that level - servers, services and applications - at worst would not be possible with existing alternatives, at best would be possible but not worth it - keeping MS afloat would be easier, regardless of price.
It is different in consumer segment, and I actually think MS should receive some good drubbing in years to come. Less dominant they find themselves in consumer desktop/laptop markets, more competitive they will be, and more willing to listen to customers.
But regardless, their future is quite safe. They are not trying to enter new (for them) markets because it is make-it-or-break-it for them, but because they basically have nowhere to grow in enterprise, and hardly anywhere in home segments. Even if apple would decide to retreat from PC market completely, what would Microsoft get? Extra 5% worldwide? Hardly front page worth material. Thus they are pushing into segments they have low presence. But opposite to Blackberries and Nokias of the world, it is not their last chance to survive. Maybe it is last chance to become relevant in those markets (though I'm doubtful about that as well), but even if they completely flop, their survival is pretty much given. And in a few years, something new will emerge and race will start again.
It is pity no one can really challenge MS on corporate level, and it is not so because no one can come out with good product for that market, but because of legacy nature of that segment. This, I cannot see to change any time soon.