updated 09:20 pm EDT, Wed May 3, 2006
MS \"dead in the water\"
Microsoft is dead in the water and, with the exception of the Xbox 360, the company is doing nothing interesting or exciting, according to tech columnist. John C. Dvorak of MarketWatch. He claims that "none of the upcoming upgrades to the operating system or Microsoft Office appear to have any 'must-have' qualities needed to boost sales in a meaningful way" and lists eight signs which he believes point to Microsoft's "bed-ridden" condition that include (among others) Windows Vista, Office 2007, and MSN. Windows Vista -- which has been under development for a number of years, was scrapped and started over from scratch, and has been called a glazed over copy of Mac OS X -- may be pushed back yet again following Microsoft's last announcement, signaling that the consumer product would miss the holiday season of 2006.