Microsoft is dead

The hot post today that has the blogosphere churning is this essay by Paul Graham entitled “Microsoft is Dead.”

I like the way the author of this post has just suddenly realized that Microsoft’s business model is in trouble. I had an epiphany much like this while I was in the very den of the mothership itself. While standing on the third floor of building 25 in Microsoft’s Redmond campus… fighting with their products to get some test data put through on our… unusual deployment of their products… came the word that Apple went Intel. That’s when I had the epiphany: Microsoft is toast. Thus begins their slow, painful demise as people wake up to the innovations happening elsewhere. Microsoft’s lack of supporting standards and their blind eye toward security… combined with failing in just about every endeavour except Windows and Office… was finally starting to do them in.

I pictured crowds of people looking around with sudden surprised, shocked looks and little idea bulbs sprouting over their heads – much like the Truth commercials about smoking.

It’s a revolution of sorts. I changed to Mac once I could get my hands on an Intel Mac and haven’t looked back. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – it’s my single best weapon against my daily fight. My ability to support every operating system with one machine has been a blessing to me. Top that off with dreamy hardware and you have a match made in heaven.

Apple’s move to Intel was the start.

Rather funny: I recently had a Microsoftie brag to me that Apple was going to get out of the software business completely because they had realized they lost. Leopard (OS X 10.5) was going to be their last revision of the OS. There was to be no more iWork and iLife after ’07. The Zune was going to kill the iPod, etc.

Talk about drinking some serious Kool-Aid.

One thought on “Microsoft is dead”

  1. Funny you mention the Zune. I only remembered that thing again when iTunes started offering DRM-less music and I saw a posting about Zune users crying out in pain.

    And this is from a serious gadget freak.

    I think the growing knowledge about OSS [“Linux”, “Firefox” etc] among the people, along with the growing recognition of Mac OSX as really nice and Windows Vista as needing a supercomputer to work on [not to forget about the even greater amount of stupid popup windows and menu’s to browse through to freaking get your wifi working… *cough*] is starting a shift towards recognising there is a whole world of alternatives out there. Alternatives for that Windows thing that may do the job, but generally does it quite poorly, needing all kind of slow tools to fix things up.

    I surely hope a lot of people will start looking around and migrating to other platforms [not only the OS, but also office programs etc], so the world will get more diverse. And I think we will start seeing people who are actually happy while using their computer again.

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