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Godmars290  +   578d ago
Microsoft were never tech leaders. They cornered the OS market as it developed, originally took over for Apple as PCs became popular as Apple priced themselves into a non-competitive position, but they were never tech leaders.

Internet Explorer as the least popular yet most used - largely because most with a Windows don't bother with other browsers, and those who do often switch - proves it, just like the original Xbox which had least rather than outright bought components.
GalacticEmpire  +   577d ago
I guess you're right in that they've always moved into and conquered markets rather than create an innovative piece of tech that spurred it's own market. When I wrote "tech leaders" I guess I was thinking more along the lines of just how much money they made in the tech business with software and not that they had any world changing tech products products specifically.

Microsoft has always had a big monopoly (windows) to fall back on for as long as I can remember and now that PC sales are being eaten up by tablets and/or cloud computing they seem to have missed the boat, leaving them stranded on their own personal shrinking island.

To be honest it's a wonder Apple and Google haven't made a play to compete more directly with windows, if either (or both) did it would spell disaster for Microsoft. I know Google have their cloud OS and Apple have Mac OS but niether is aimed directly at Windows. I honestly believe most computers in the future will be cloud based and with Google getting a massive head start in this area just like with smartphones it will be difficult for MS to compete.

Better relate this comment more to gaming...

If MS handle the launch of the new Xbox like they have their recent smartphones and tablets, consumers may respond the same. A Windows 8 style OS would also further tie the 720 to their other failures in the mind of the consumers. I hope they keep the Xbox platform a bit more 'pure', keep the x-platform services/features but avoid tying it too close to their sinking tablets or phones.

Sorry for long reply went off on a bit of a tangent.
NeverEnding1989  +   576d ago
I feel misled. When I read the title "Hero to zero" I assumed this was a blog about Sony's transition from PS2 to PS3.
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