quote: This is new terrain for Microsoft
quote: If MS is unable to compete with Google in some of those areas, then they will die of a very slow death.
quote: By that logic Google will die a very slow death if they don't make an OS that can compete with Windows.Or Toyota will die slowly if they cannot compete with Starbucks Coffee.Your logic is impossible to agree with. Microsoft will never die a slow death because of Bing or any online service deficiency.10 years ago the Internet was still the future, and Microsoft is still here today. Please, think about it. The Internet is reaching a plateau in capabilities, the only improvements to come will be in wireless access, speed, latency times, and ancillary benefits. We can already do practically EVERYTHING there is to be done online easily and cheaply (usually free). And Microsoft doesn't appear to be going anywhere just yet.
quote: Note the large price drop on Windows 8, the beginning of the serious erosion of it's software margins
quote: OMG!!11! The temporary price drop until January 2013 and only only for upgrade versions is... <drumroll>A "SOFTWARE MARGIN EROSION"!</drumroll> ARGHHH SOO SCARYYY! hahahaaaa LOOL LOLOL :)))) hahaaa