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Posted 26 August 2013 - 17:40

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A picture is worth a thousand words and sometimes a chart is worth even more. Microsoft’s announcement late last week that Steve Ballmer would step down from his role as chief executive within the next year rocked the tech world, though it was hardly a real surprise. While Microsoft is still the largest software company on the planet, Ballmer has been widely criticized for the past few years due to Microsoft’s failure to address the exploding smartphone and tablet markets. While Microsoft’s future likely isn’t quite as bleak as some make it out to be, there is no question that its mobile efforts in recent years have failed — after three years, Windows Phone’s global market share is now just 3.7% and in the tablet space, Windows RT has hardly been well received. The following cart from mobile analyst Benedict Evans shows exactly why Microsoft’s minuscule smartphone presence and late, ill-received move into the tablet market is, as Evans puts it, a failure:

 

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http://bgr.com/2013/...-share-failure/




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Posted 26 August 2013 - 17:49

lol at making a separate line for consumer vs corporate pcs.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:00

lets also divide that up into corporate and consumer phones...... corporate and consumer tablets..... if you are going to do it, do it right...



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:05

And once again Windows 8 is the root cause of Microsoft's downfall, the MS fanboy defense patrol and apologists will certainly deny this but worldwide statistics prove it. The Windows 8 adoption rate has been a disaster, not to mention the lackluster WP platform which barely took off after 3 years. Microsoft cannot simply compete with Apple, they will only fail by doing so. Ballmer shot himself in the foot when he alienated the whole PC with all this unwanted touchscreen garbage which the average joe considers to be cumbersome, inappropriate, meaningless and totally fugly on a traditional PC.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:10

And once again Windows 8 is the root cause of Microsoft's downfall, the MS fanboy defense patrol and apologists will certainly deny this but worldwide statistics prove it. The Windows 8 adoption rate has been a disaster, not to mention the lackluster WP platform which barely took off after 3 years. Microsoft cannot simply compete with Apple, they will only fail by doing so. Ballmer shot himself in the foot when he alienated the whole PC with all this unwanted touchscreen garbage which the average joe considers to be cumbersome, inappropriate, meaningless and totally fugly on a traditional PC.

Were that true, then Apple's laptop and desktop sales should be skyrocketing.

 

Of course, they aren't, are they?  No...people are moving to more mobile and portable devices: tablets and smartphones.  I am sure it is easier to place blame on Microsoft though than look at the bigger picture.  Laptops and desktops have been "good enough" for a while and have not inspired people to upgrade.  That alone will cause PC sales to drop.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:11

Reed Hastings is the choice and the only choice. He knows how to turn around a bad situation.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:11

Were that true, then Apple's laptop and desktop sales should be skyrocketing.

 

Of course, they aren't, are they?  No...people are moving to more mobile and portable devices: tablets and smartphones.  I am sure it is easy to place blame on Microsoft though.

 

Well except Apple already anticipated the shift to mobile and cannibalized itself with the iPad. So either way they win as evidenced by $150 billion in the bank.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:12

And once again Windows 8 is the root cause of Microsoft's downfall, the MS fanboy defense patrol and apologists will certainly deny this but worldwide statistics prove it. The Windows 8 adoption rate has been a disaster, not to mention the lackluster WP platform which barely took off after 3 years. Microsoft cannot simply compete with Apple, they will only fail by doing so. Ballmer shot himself in the foot when he alienated the whole PC with all this unwanted touchscreen garbage which the average joe considers to be cumbersome, inappropriate, meaningless and totally fugly on a traditional PC.

I agree, Windows 8 has been a disaster for Microsoft.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:13

Well except Apple already anticipated the shift to mobile and cannibalized itself with the iPad. So either way they win as evidenced by $150 billion in the bank.

Oh I am in agreement, Microsoft did mess up there.  However, I was replying more along the lines of yowanvista blaming Windows 8.

 

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Technically, Microsoft did anticipate the shift to mobile.  Hence WP and Windows 8 being similar (taking a page from Apple on iOS and OS X).  However, the OEMs did not exactly switch to mobile.  So the OEMs have some blame in this as well.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:15

lets also divide that up into corporate and consumer phones...... corporate and consumer tablets..... if you are going to do it, do it right...

 

I agree with that. I also agree that you probably should separate them. But I think it's more important to see consumer Windows licenses vs. Corporate Windows licenses vs OEM licenses as opposed to PC sales.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:16

Well except Apple already anticipated the shift to mobile and cannibalized itself with the iPad. So either way they win as evidenced by $150 billion in the bank.

 

I don't see a shift, pc sales look pretty steady, I see tablets emerging.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:17

I agree, Windows 8 has been a disaster for Microsoft.

 

I can't agree or disagree without more detail. It's ... complicated. :)



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:20

I don't see a shift, pc sales look pretty steady, I see tablets emerging.

It is also important for people to realize that Apple, as a hardware company made the shift to mobile.  Microsoft, as a software company did too.  It was up to the OEMs to follow suit.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:27

I can't agree or disagree without more detail. It's ... complicated. :)

Not really. People dislike Windows 8. Sure, tablets and mobile are becoming big, but Microsoft has that space covered....with Windows 8. People aren't buying it. I would never, ever use it and I have a few friends that run it at work and they curse it constantly. They ask me how to do things and I just laugh at them. Windows 8 just ain't cutting it.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 18:30

It is also important for people to realize that Apple, as a hardware company made the shift to mobile.  Microsoft, as a software company did too.  It was up to the OEMs to follow suit.

 

On that one I'd have to say the initial state of Windows 8 RTM and it's reception did not help. That's why MS listened to early feedback on XBOne and made changes before it was too late.

 

With regards to phones, that's just a hard hill to climb with Android low-mid market dominance and Apple-Samsung's high market dominance and mature ecosystems. Still quite a bit missing from WP but it's not dead and has upside. Unfortunately MS doesn't have a common hardware platform. Nokia is providing Bluetooth 4.0 drivers for some phones, GDR2 for some phones ... it's a mess. Apple definitely has an advantage here, and thus dev support.

 

Considering all of that, they're in good shape for another assault on those markets but the mistakes made, could have been avoided with better planning and decision making. Not enough inclusiveness within and without the organization during this period IMO.