Saturday, September 29, 2007

Microsoft: the Innovator?

For those of you Microsoft haters who love to trounce the company as an innovation laggard (which is a false claim in and of itself - but that is for a different post), comes a fascinating article from Forbes. In "Media by Microsoft" Daniel Lyons reviews Microsoft's solution for integrating the consumption of digital media (movies, TV, photos, video, etc), MS Media Center. Guess what. Microsoft is in the lead! The very next issue of Forbe's takes on Apple's version of this, Apple TV, redubbed in the articles title as "The iFlop". Take that, Microsoft bashers!

1 comment:

Galileo Blogs said...

I wonder how much more innovative Microsoft would be if at every step it weren't hamstrung by antitrust. Just one of innumerable examples was when the antitrust boys stopped Microsoft from buying Quicken ten or so years ago. Imagine if good money and investment management software had been fully integrated as part of Office. Imagine the time savings at tax time with an integrated calendar and investment and tax management program.

Another aspect of this is Microsoft's stock price. If it were free to innovate, acquire companies and build market share the way it wanted, its stock would perform much better, and Microsoft would find it much easier to attract good people by paying them in stock and stock options.

Despite all the shackles imposed on it, Microsoft is still the Atlas of the marketplace. Its customers make their choice every day, and Microsoft's commanding marketshare speaks loudly.

I say to the Apple fans, buy your Apple products and enjoy them, but why is so much hot air wasted in complaining about Microsoft? You are free not to buy its products.

By the way, as a complete aside, I use a Windows computer and have never used an Apple machine, apart from one of the very early Apple IIs some 25 years ago, which I loved. In any Apple store I walk into, why is there such a large repair/help area and why is it always so busy? My trusty Windows machines work very reliably for years with minimal problems.

Of course, I mention this as an aside, and would not want to fallaciously extrapolate from my personal experience to a broad conclusion about the reliability of Windows machines versus Apple machines.