updated 08:20 am EST, Tue December 28, 2004
Apple, Google like old MS?
Paul Andrews of The Seattle Times says that Apple and Google are , while longtime Goliath Microsoft is "enduring the humiliation of cross-examination by disenchanted shareholders. The answer has to do with innovation. Apple's iPod and Google's ads have proved themselves by being smarter, better designed and more useful than anything the competition can produce. The simplicity of the iPod and its ease of use have made it the one must-have device this year. Among my circle of friends, half a dozen iPods found their way under the Christmas tree. ... But investors rewarded Apple and Google because both are building success the way Microsoft once did -- via platforms. How far they can extend their platforms, and whether Microsoft can hop aboard and seize the pilot's wheel, are the big questions of 2005.