Originally Posted by digitalclips
Originally Posted by H2P
I think your correct, digitalclips -- But with my clients it's the Management that pushes IT to embrace iPads. Macs (MBA) are only occasionally mandated.
Re: MS and Ballmer leaving. How about MicroSoft becoming a Software company again. If they feel they Must keep XBox around -- then crank up the titles for XBox.
Leverage the experience and coding resources to write great software for iOS, Android, Windows & MacOSX. Not via Office365. Renting software drives me toward an alternative. For a larger biz this may not be an issue -- I object. Being platform agnostic would get All of the hardware manufacturers back on your side.
"How about MicroSoft becoming a Software company again" ... ???
Sorry not ranting at you
... But the problem is Gates bought his Q DOS, so no innovation there, and even that was questionable given Digital Research's operating system. I'm sure had Gary Kildall had the money to take on IBM he'd have had quite the law suit. Then Gates purloins Mac OS for Windows and later is helped by that idiot John Sculley giving away the rest. Office had various precursors such as Visicalc and Word Perfect, Gates blatantly stole QuickTime and was let off the hook for a billion dollar law suit by Jobs in return for a measly investment and a marketing agreement ... exactly what software innovative experience has Microsoft ever had to 'become one again'? It never was a software company, it was simply an aggregator of others' work. I don't seeing them 'becoming a software company again' after 30 years unless they rip off someone else.
I was going to reply to the OP, but wanted to think about it for a while...
At first it seemed like a reasonable opportunity for MS.
Several thoughts here:
Gates has always meddled in hardware -- remember the Z-80 SoftCard, Language Card and 80-Column Card for the Apple ][?
I believe that Gates always looked at Apple, Steve Jobs and [Apple] hardware with envy.
And remember that Jon Shirley left Tandy/Radio Shack to become President/CEO of Microsoft in 1983-1990 -- Kinda' Gates Eric Schmidt.
Shirley grew MS into a player -- Gates watched, learned and earned his big-boy pants -- AIR, taking over from Shirley until relinquishing control to Ballmer in 2000.
I suspect that Gates was behind the MS Policy of "embrace, extend and extinguish". He couldn't do that in the early days, because Apple was too powerful. Later, with the DOJ looking over his shoulder -- he couldn't do that because MS was too big and Apple too weak.
I suspect that Gates tended to micromanage "technology" in much the same way that Jobs did.
I suspect that Gates, at the very least, gave approval for Xbox, Longhorn/Vista, early Windows tablets, Windows Mobile, Windows 8, Surface, "Windows Everywhere" and the many other fiascos under Ballmer's reign.
I donno', but Gates might have felt that he was mislead -- and one of them had to go... and Gates was going to stay put -- there never was any question.
So, while it might make sense for MS to transition to software and services only -- I agree with @digitalclips: MS will continue to try to put its hands in other peoples' pockets... that includes Apple, Google, Sammy... anyone!
I think that Gates sees in Apple a threat to MS dominance and resents that MS is no-longer the mover and shaker of tech!
Most in tech predict that tablets will dominate the tech segment for the next 5-10 years.
Apple has the OS, the Hardware, the IP, the ecosystem and is rapidly building cloud/services offerings -- so they are a major player with a big bankroll.One other exclusive that Apple has is a perfectly usable office suite that runs on touch tablets!
MS pissed away 3 years and didn't bring a usable office suite to a tablet -- their Surface/Widnows 8 effort is a resounding failure on the hottest consumer, industry, military, education, enterprise segment -- the touch tablet.
AFAIK, MS still holds the rights to MS Works (developed for MS by Don Williams' company). If so, MS could have ported that to the iPad and had a credible offering that was/is upward compatible with Office on the desktop...
But they didn't, and now it may be too late to offer any MS office suite in the hottest tech segment.
I think the Surface/Windows 8 and Office 385 offerings are just MS' attempt to finesse the situation until they can come up with a "good enough" office suite for touch tablets.
Problem is -- Apple beat 'em to it!Edited by Dick Applebaum - 8/25/13 at 6:27pm