Originally Posted by Michael Scrip
I said: "There can't be two technology companies both making products while both making money?"
Okay, you’re dead right; I apologize. My whole thing operates under the stipulation that ‘making products’ here refers to R&D put into a product and not wholesale theft of hardware or software, and I don’t think I clarified that anywhere yet. So with that in mind,
Looking at Apple and Microsoft (think ’96 onward), you see Apple making money on every device they sell and… Windows whoring itself out to Dell, Gateway, and whoever was still alive back in the ‘90s that I’ve forgotten. Back then we had Windows, OS X, and… not really anyone else. Sure, we have all the flavors of Linux, et. al. in the industry, but they inherently don’t make money.
But the biggest indicator shows up right now in phones. Apple, making products while making money on them, Samsung, wholesale stealing products but making money, rendering that money moot for the purpose of this argument, Microsoft, who made their own products for once in their existence but not making any money on them, and every other company in the industry, who, at least in the US, are ALL losing money.
I know there are other options I could list, but the world doesn’t care about what you know–just what you can remember at any given time.