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Will Microsoft survive for another 10 years?
Microsoft's core business is under attack. They're behind in key technologies like tablets, cloud computing and smartphones. Will Microsoft survive for another 10 years? Or will it fade away?
You raise an interesting question. While Microsoft may be behind in the technologies that you list they are the market leader in video game console (Xbox 360), PC operating systems, and enterprise server operating systems.
Given Microsoft's dominance in these areas I highly doubt that they will die in 10 years. Microsoft is a huge company with much more going on than we have even listed here. Certainly times are changing but one also has to ask whether a company has to be the market leader in order to survive. I do not believe that is the case. Look at RIM...how in the world are they still in business? Not that I think RIM and Microsoft are even close to being in the same situation but just because Windows Phone is not market leader does not mean that it cannot be successful. Having said that, I do believe that Microsoft needs to gain market share in the technologies that you have listed. Are they too far behind at this point to do that? I think that remains to be seen. Android OS is kicking everyone's butt in smartphone sales but I do not hear anyone asking if iOS is going to die. Anyway, that is just my two cents.
Not sure. I would venture of Intel that question to discover hope of an answer. Seems there are parallels with innovation.
I read an article recently, I think in The Atlantic, entitled Has Microsoft Lost its Mojo. I would not count out a company loaded with cash and brilliant engineers. They may have been beaten to the gate by some upstarts, but Microsoft takes its commitment to customers seriously.
Microsoft isn't going anywhere anytime soon. They are the maker's of the worlds most popular PC operating system. People are familiar with Windows and it would take something huge to change that. As far as smartphones go, Windows Phones sales are up a whopping 300 percent compared to last year. (Source: http://www.zdnet.com/microsoft-windows- … 7000008089) The interface is slick and intuitive. Windows 8 and Office now offer more cloud capabilities than ever before. I don't think Microsoft was behind, they just took extra time to make things better.
By the way, I'm no Microsoft fan boy by any means. I will, however, give credit where it is due and say that they have impressed me with Windows 8 and many other things they have done lately.
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