Certainly, M$ uses Trojan Horses to embed itself in IT but M$ can no longer be “dominant”.“The world where Microsoft has a monopoly or pseudo-monopoly on any platform or technology has all but disappeared. The new reality is a multi-device, multi-platform world. Any attempt to paint customers into a corner and lock them into a specific platform or device is essentially suicidal… By freeing customers to use Microsoft tools on other platforms and devices, though, Microsoft will continue to be a dominant force — even on rival platforms like Android and iOS.
See Microsoft's Trojan horse strategy to rule the world.” Virtually no one takes orders from M$ any longer. M$ has to work for a living like the peasants it used to own. Owning the peasants and their desktops is a thing of the past. It died with the Wintel monopoly. Once people could access IT by other means they fled in droves. All M$ can do is take some share of IT from now on. M$ doesn’t own the server, the network, the PC, nor the consumer these days. A decade ago it did.
Look how hard it was for M$ to compete against its own product out there in the installed base of legacy PCs. It took several years just to make a dent in XP’s dominance. “7” mostly replaced XP but it barely exceeded half the share of IT that XP had. “8” is even worse, much less than half again. M$ depending on applications and services rather than the OS as the chief lock-in/cash-cow will make it easier for competition to thrive. Meanwhile, GNU/Linux has grown by 50% its share in the last year (not including Chrome OS GNU/Linux, 0.35%, and “unknown” Android/Linux, 0.95%. on the desktop/big screen. Combining those, we see “Vista” has been overtaken only 8 years after its release even with a bunch of salesmen and lots of retail shelf-space. 8.* will be lucky to survive five years after release. Welcome to the 21st century.
Now, look at application/cloud lock-in. M$ is reported to have only 10% share of the cloud despite good growth. People have many more choices, know it and take those other choices, leaving M$ only a sliver of the pie. M$’s biggest application is their office suite. LibreOffice and OpenOffice.org have taken more than 100 million customers away from M$ and have good growth. M$ is aiming to become platform-independent in applications and services. Expect a GNU/Linux version of their office suite this year. Expect other ISVs to follow suit. The browser? M$ has only about 20% share, just a hair more than FireFox which crawled out of the crater M$ made of Netscape back in the day. That’s not dominance. That’s subsistence.