quote: Tony, I'll give you credit for what you've posted makes sense, and you seem to know a bit about what your talking about... But in everything you posted, you danced around one topic that seems to have slipped through your facts. While it is true that their office/os monopoly is slipping, and they will never have a monopoly in the console, or mobile phone market, the point is they don't need to!! There is this thing called diversification , and that is what MS is doing here!
quote: Microsoft does not have as fragmented a business model as you suggest. Their strategy involves extending the Windows, Xbox Live, and Zune brands across platforms and into the cloud, similar to what Apple (and perhaps even Google) are doing. Microsoft is in a much stronger position, however.Also, Windows is in no way threatened. Mac OS will never extend beyond its niche for trendsters, computing novices, and media production professionals. Linux is for nerds with way too much time on their hands, and will never offer the polish, reliability, functionality, ease of use, and compatibility of Windows. Chrome OS is a niche product for netbooks that offers nothing to the all-important business world.