Microsoft is a dying consumer brand

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#1

http://money.cnn.com/2010/10/27/technology/microsoft_pdc/index.htm

Well, the folks at CNN would certainly know. Ha Ha Ha!
:rolleyes:


#2

I cannot wait to put flowers on there grave.


#3

Microsoft just had a very strong quarter. There is a problem with its office business, but it is not something that will threaten the survival of the company. When push comes to shove, they will just buy another business.


#4

I wouldn’t say dying just yet. To me it just seems like they are not such a popular brand when it comes to Smartphones, MP3 players, etc.

In my opinion, they should focus on what they do best - their Windows OS, server packages and office package and people do tend to prefer manufacturers that specialise in what they are looking to buy.

For example, the average person getting a PC would be reluctant to get a computer without Windows, unless they are a Mac or Linux fan. However, that same person may go for an iPod over a Zune, as they know Apple specialises in portable audio products. In turn, that same person may go for a Linux based network media player over a Windows based HTPC or Apple TV, as most network media players run an embedded Linux OS, often without the end user even realising what powers their system. :slight_smile:

Until someone comes out with an OS that proves to be a serious competitor to Windows, I don’t think Microsoft will be dying off that soon. :disagree:


#5

Apple = easy to use.
Even morons can use an ipod/ipad/iphone/Mac.

I’d hesitate to, but many anti-apple advocates would suggest that only morons use Apple hardware.

I will however state that Apple products are underspec’d and overpriced.

But Apple excels with simple software interfaces, where other companies with superior hardware are sorely under performing with their user interfaces.


#6

That’s for sure :iagree: Also, they’re riddled with their DRM, e.g. the iPhone.

At this stage, I don’t even use a dedicated MP3 player. My phone (a Nokia) and a spare battery does the trick. :slight_smile:

[QUOTE=debro;2553832]But Apple excels with simple software interfaces, where other companies with superior hardware are sorely under performing with their user interfaces.[/QUOTE]
I agree here and the same goes with software such as Linux.

E.g. Linux was a wonderful software package manager, just select the software or driver, click install and a minute or two later, the job is complete. That is assuming it has the software/driver/version you’re after. :wink:

However, if the software/driver is not in the package manager, then downloading and extracting the software, searching for and downloading dependencies and in turn dependencies for those dependencies is what makes Linux a real pain. I ran into this issue several times when I had Linux (PCLinuxOS 2007) on my first Netbook.