Microsoft C/D

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markers, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:21 (seven years ago) link

this company is pretty much irrelevant now, huh?

― caek, Sunday, 26 September 2010 13:06 (1 year ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

i find this attitude really weird

thomp, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:26 (seven years ago) link

it's relevant like coca-cola or something. no one ever thinks about them. in a lot of other industries that would be a success, rather than a sign they won't exist in 10 years.

caek, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:28 (seven years ago) link

i don't really understand how that could happen? i don't know, if you have a convincing narrative of how it might plz share it

By the end of 1997, Windows 95, along with Microsoft’s other operating systems, ran on 86.3 percent of the P.C.’s in the U.S. (Apple’s Mac O.S., by contrast, then had only 4.6 percent of the market.)

^ from the article - it doesn't note that this year, after microsoft's worse decade ever, and apple's best, apple cracked ... five per cent of the PC market

thomp, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:37 (seven years ago) link

(i know 'the pc market' is now just a segment of 'the pc + smartphone + all intermediate points market', and i know the five per cent is sales whereas it's possible the 4.6 in the article is usage? but still i don't really understand what would lead to people actually not buying windows computers anymore en masse)

thomp, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:39 (seven years ago) link

i don't know what's going to happen next, but there's absolutely no indication that microsoft do either. and it's clear they have absolutely no say in it either. so as "the pc market" changes (and it will do, beyond recognition), they are going to arrive 5 years later than everyone else. = RIP

xbox will probably be ok.

caek, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:56 (seven years ago) link

i guess they have too much cash in the bank to be literally out of business in ten years.

caek, Friday, 27 July 2012 13:57 (seven years ago) link

as "the pc market" changes (and it will do, beyond recognition)

i buy this happening in 30-50 years, maybe, but not 10? like literally my whole life people have been saying 'the paradigm of consumers sitting in front of their desk using an independent piece of computer hardware is going to end one day and that day will be soon' and yup, they're still there. just now all those people own an average of 1.5 additional devices which could do much of the same work but are instead used for playing fruit ninja.

thomp, Friday, 27 July 2012 14:38 (seven years ago) link

the hardware for general purpose computing is obviously relatively less popular. but MS don't sell that, so what do they care.

their concern should be that the software you interact with on general purpose PCs is increasingly not running on the machine, i.e. it's moving into a domain over which they have no influence and little financial stake.

the other problem they have is no developer of consumer software in their right mind would develop for windows. and uniquely among the big companies, they totally depend on other developers to make their platform attractive. they're doing a decent job of turning the reality around, but the damage to the perception has been done.

caek, Friday, 27 July 2012 14:52 (seven years ago) link

their only hope is that google docs et al don't become the new office, and they at least keep business users.

caek, Friday, 27 July 2012 14:53 (seven years ago) link

seven months pass...

as of february 2013, an estimated 42% of windows PCs are still running XP, which was released in 2001

not sure why but that's kind of blowing my mind

unprepared guitar (Edward III), Friday, 1 March 2013 21:58 (six years ago) link

i bet modern pc running XP would be like wheeeeeeeeee!

Philip Nunez, Friday, 1 March 2013 22:01 (six years ago) link


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