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Microsoft is \"dead in the water\"

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. dashiel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    full of c***

    dvorak is full of c*** when he talks about the mac and he's just as full as c*** when he talks about microsoft. any company that posts $10-12 billion a quarter isn't in trouble and won't be any time soon.

    worst case scenario microsoft desktop share drops to 85% in the next 5 years.

  1. ryanjo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    He only states the obvious, and not very well at that. And never the first. Wow, John, not having enough X Box 360s before the holidays was a bad business decision? I tip my hat to your insight...

  1. MacnTX

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Well, kinda anyway

    While Microsoft certainly isn't going anywhere anytime soon, their glory days are definitely over. Their stock has absolutely flatlined over the last 5+ years now and their market share has nowhere to go but down either. So in a sense, they are dead on the water in that their best days are well behind them.

  1. Senbei

    Joined: Dec 1969


    dvorak wordplay

    If you change Microsoft to John Dvorak, change company to tech columnist, and change the operating system to John Dvorak's brain, it sounds like he is talking about himself; the Internut of the Internet.

    He needs to lay off of writing period as very few take him seriously anyway.

  1. slider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    That's b/c

    m$ has a BIG FAT @$$

  1. MacWizard x

    Joined: Dec 1969


    that's hilarous slider

    microsoft isn't going anywhere soon.

  1. eswinson

    Joined: Dec 1969


    the cycle of life

    Every giant eventually falls or at the very least stumbles. I can still remember when word perfect and lotus 123 was the office standard long before microsoft had "office". If you look at the big 3 american auto makers. They have been going down hill for years and eventually will be consumed or surpassed by their lessor foreign competitors that have been building the cars that people actually want to buy.

    I think these delays, virus outbreaks and lack of interesting products will have the same effect on microsoft that high gas prices / poor gas milage and low customer satisfaction is having on US Automakers.

  1. chotty

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Maybe this is intentionally misleading. M$ is about to engage in a GIANT spending spree and Ad campaign to battle Google, etc. Would the media have a bigger story if they were all (suddenly) surprised and Wow'ed by some "big" M$ news?? Squeeze the Sheep...

  1. ibugv4

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If you look at European numbers, the American Big Three have been dead for years; displaced by Honda, Toyota and Volkswagens since before the turn of the century.

    In America, Toyota is second in sales only to Honda. Ford comes in Third, but their numbers are skewed as Ford reports all Ford-brand-owned sales (including Mazda and Volvo -- two imports) as their own, really, no American Auto Maker has been in the "top 5" since 1995.

    But that's rather irrelevant, isn't it?

  1. macnavi

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Clashing info

    This is the same guy who says Mac OS X will be replaced by Apple by Windows? And now he's saying that the coming up Windows is not very exciting and worth much??? What sense this all make.

    Amazing that this guy is (still) being listen to and quoted. I can also quote statements of people on the street, would have the same news value.

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