Friday, May 05, 2006

How Microsoft blew it

The big talk is how much Microsoft's stock has gone down, their quarterly earning were not up to par and of course we may be looking at a Windows Vista delay again. With all this bad news coming up I personally disbelieve anyone who says they will firmly stand behind Microsoft and the quality of their products anymore. Microsoft has blown it and unfortunately they are on the way out. Here are the facts, and they are undisputed.

Windows Vista

Microsoft has tried to revamp the security models in Windows. Beginning with SP2 and Server 2003 SP1. They failed, and Windows Vista will be no different. Im sure Microsoft wants to fix the security problems with Windows but the simple fact is they cant. The more they try the more they screw things up until they have to move to a different codebase like they had to do with Windows Vista. Microsoft keeps trying to to pile on more code to Windows already shakey foundation and it will be no time at all before the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. UAC may sound nice and may even help improve the situation but its like putting a bandaid on a severed leg, its a useless fix. Until they improve the code which in this case means dumping the entire Windows codebase and starting from scratch more and more vulnerabilities will keep coming up.

MSN vs Google

Google is already the industry leader in search. They are the leader in providing the most useful services. Microsoft has no chance to even make MSN scale or be as relevant as Google search. Instead of embracing the truth and trying to partner with Google Microsoft is on this holier than thou crusade. Steve Ballmer himself has said that he wants to kill Google. So Microsoft reverts back to its old tactics of trying to lock Google out of being used on IE7. They say its easy to change the default, its also easier to stay with the current default. With Microsoft going back to its old ways its time for the Justice Department to wake up. This industry needs competition and Microsoft rather than helping is trying to once again hinder choice and dominate again. This is unacceptable

Microsoft vs Open Source

Like with Google, Microsoft has taken on a crusade to stop Open Source. They spread lies and FUD with their get the facts campaign. Whats even sillier is that they think IT professionals are stupid. Windows is expensive to acquire, its expensive to deploy. Right now a copy of Windows XP Professional is $300.00 for the full version. This does not include anti-virus and anti-spyware solutions. SUSE Linux costs $85.00 and you dont need anti-virus or anti-spyware protections. The Office suite comes free with all Linux distributions, Microsoft Office is $400.00. So how Microsoft comes up with Windows is cheaper is beyond me. They also bribe Open Source "advocates" such as Bill Hilf to try to persuade people that they arent the bad guy, that they believe in competition. Bull, if thats so why doesnt Microsoft have any Linux products in its product line-up? And what few scraps they throw they have to "partner" with someone to provide them. If their own developers are not competent enough to provide these solutions themselves, how are they competent enough to effectively enhance Windows and Microsofts current line-up of products. Coding for Linux is relatively easy and straight forward.

Microsofts reputation

Can Microsofts bad reputation be fixed. In a short answer, No it cant. Microsoft will have to fire everyone, Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Robert Scoble and most of their teams and bring in some true talent and visionary leaders. Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer are done. They should have retired and turned the reigns over to someone else a long time ago. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, while great men in their day, I dont feel have the vision or the understanding of todays markets to lead Microsoft into the future. They are relics of a past that desperately needs to be forgotten. When and if Microsoft ever does this then people may look in their direction again, but it will take a lot of work for people to trust the company or the brand again.

In closing I want to point out that their are alternatives to Microsofts feeble product quality. Linux, Mac OS X and Open Source software. I do not feel sympathy for anyone who gets a Windows virus anymore, or who has a spyware infested system. The alternatives are there. The alternatives are safe and secure and the quality is much better. For people who own Microsoft stock, I give this advice. Sell now because its only going to get worse for Microsoft.

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