Originally Posted by ouragan
Being dismissive never served Apple very well. It's the main reason why Macs are overpriced and never accounted for more than a 4% world market share.
Appleinsider is not Apple.
For over a decade (in the 80s/90s) Macs had over 4% marketshare. If you're trying to make a point... get your facts straight.
Going on the offensive with better products would be a far better strategy.
Gee! Now why didn't Apple think of that?
But never dismiss Microsoft which has the money, engineers and market share to beat Apple if they want to.
If they want to? What does that mean?
You mean like they want to beat Google in search and advertising?
Like they want to beat Nintendo and Sony by sinking billions into xBox and getting less than 25% of the market?
Like they want to beat Nokia and Blackberry... after a decade of trying?
Like they wanted to beat iPod with "maybeplaysfersure"?
Do you see a pattern here? The simple fact is that, outside of their core businesses, Microsoft doesn't appear to be very effective. When they actually step outside of their monopolys, and meet REAL COMPETITION, all their money and engineers and marketshare doesn't count for much
More specifically, the iPod and iPhone must face competition from Google Android, Nokia Symbian, Palm Web OS and Microsoft Windows Mobile devices.
So far, in the PMP and smart phone businesses Apple has been much more successful than Microsoft. Apple seems to thrive on competition. Microsoft seems to stutter. See Above!
Apple is repeating the mistakes it made more than 20 years ago in:
1- refusing to license the Mac OS to computer builders;
2- selling Mac computers with a 50% profit margin, instead of 20%.
For years everyone accused Apple of the very same thing with their iPod strategy. Look where that got them?
Apple has grown their Mac marketshare (real world marketshare!) for nearly 5 years. Well before Vista and even prior to the Intel transition. They may be big numbers.... but the rest of the PC industry... and Microsoft have been losing share.
If Mac OS X is the gem Apple says that it is (and I believe that it is really good), then Apple should license it to earn money for its efforts instead of squandering its most important asset.
They DO earn money from OSX. Lots of it. For every percentage point of market share they make a hell of a lot more than Dell or HP.... or Microsoft.
The same holds true for the iPhone OS. License it if it is so good (and I think that it is quite good), and don't squander the opportunity once again.
Rubbish! The market is nothing like the computer market of the 80s. In a few months iPhone has achieved much much more than WinMo has in years. Hey I hear the Blackberry is quite good. Perhaps they should license their OS too? Perhaps we should all try and perform as badly as MS in the mobile space?
Perhaps you should stop squandering your valuable time by trying to .... think?