Glyn Moody has an astute observation. M$ has vanished into space. We have heard little from them since their last financial quarterly report. Google is innovating. Android is going places. Chrome is “quickly” becoming useful but where is M$? Are they resting on their laurels again? Have they taken a mid-winter vacation?
It’s a good thing we can do what we want without their software. They keep releasing beta-quality software and patching it for years. Debian fixes things before the release so their “stable” flavour is quite reliable. I prefer that to spending unknown amounts of money for permission to use an OS that may or may not work for me. I prefer new features that benefit me, the end-user and administrator rather than corporate salespeople. Money keeps rolling in to M$ without having to do much so they do little. I would have thought the year of GNU/Linux and the netbooks would have awakened the sleeping giant, but it has not happened. Maybe their salesmen are telling stories in their meeting with “accounts” but there is nothing really new coming from Redmond lately.
Some expect the end of monopoly to be a catastrophic implosion but M$ has so many locked-in so firmly that it will be many years before the decrease in revenue bites. As long as they get paid for doing little, the shareholders will get their dividends and success will be guaranteed. When the money does shrink seriously as it did in the year of GNU/Linux (2009) the monopoly will collapse with a whimper, not a bang. They just have too many customers fooled and too much money to disappear quickly. The world could be a very different place for IT in a couple of years, however. “7″ is not going to give them earth-shaking results and that was their best shot. It will take a couple of years for some to realize M$ no longer has anything to offer except licences to use its same old software. That they tried to increase prices and failed in a down-turned economy is proof that they are not only losing it but that they are nearly irrelevant.
Note: This is the first article for this blog produced with Google-Chrome. There is a bug/problem with TinyMCE editor crashing but it turns out it works with HTML which is fine with me. My spell-checking will be more precise from now on. Chrome wiggles the red-line making it more than one pixel wide so I can actually see it… Also, zoom does not mess up the page as it did in FireFox. Chrome is obviously faster than FireFox and the only bug that I have found so far is with TinyMCE in WordPress and Moodle. Moodle has an upgrade that may solve that problem. I will look into WordPress. Isn’t innovation and competition in software grand? We end-users really matter when there is choice.
Here is a list of innovations that worked recently:
- Google Chrome browser – WOW! It’s fast.
- Android is moving up on the ARM stuff
- Symbian is fighting back with its own FLOSS, and Nokia and Intel are fighting back using GNU/Linux
There are rumours that M$ is doing a rework of MCE to match “7″ somehow, but who cares?