#10 iPad Eats Into The Consumer PC Market
#9 Employees Gradually Switch Away From Using Windows PCs For Work
#8 Loyal Developers Start To Leave The Microsoft Platform
#7 Windows Phone Gets No Traction Despite The Nokia Deal And RIM's Collapse
#6 Office Loses Relevance
#5 Windows 8 Fails To Stop The iPad
#4 Microsoft's Other Business Applications Start To Erode
#3 The Platform Business Collapses
#2 The Xbox Was Never Going To Make Up The Slack, And Microsoft Can No Longer Afford To Keep Investing In It
#1 Microsoft Suffers A Huge Quarterly Loss
Per Comscore: January marks the second time in 13 months that MSFTs share of the US smartphone market has increased. By 0.2%. 4 months out of that period it stayed the same, 7 times it went down.
This picture is somewhat complicated by the fact that this measure of their market share in smartphones includes versions 5 and 6 as well as 7 and 8. 5/6 still has 1% of the 3.1% current share. This come out to about 4 million handsets out of 129 million.
Nokia has about 80% of the 7/8 sales worldwide but 5 of the 9 vendors who used offer the OS have dropped out. So while NOK can't gain market traction with it it certainly dominates the niche.
hey phands Morningstar and S & P both have buy ratings and 4-5 star ratings on MSFT- like I said before MSFT will still be here after you have migrated to the hottest circle of hades and have to cavort with Beelzibub instead of your precious sailor bois
After reading that you may want to google the following companion article for more:
10 Biggest Microsoft Mistakes Ever
#10 SPOT Watch
Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) was developed by Microsoft to personalize Household electronics and other everyday devices from toaster to TVs by smart software and hardware, to make their uses more easy and versatile. It used MSN Direct network services to deliver across U.S. and Canada based on FM radio broadcast signal. The service cost $59 a year.
It however attracted geeks, and other common people were put off by too tech feel of SPOT watch. Despite Gates’ prediction that SPOT to ultimately provide interface to number of household appliances, it remained mainly desktop-bound software.
#9 Microsoft Bob
The Microsoft Bob, code-named as “Utopia,” was a non-technical GUI (graphical user interface) software product released in March 1995. The child-like GUI was built around a virtual house with virtual objects in the house standing for computer applications like word processors and spreadsheets. It miffed the users for obvious child like tutoring, and had to be called off finally with relatively grown-up GUI of XP’s next versions.
"#8 Clippy [Have to agree, bad idea to talk down to your users]
"Lesson half learned; Microsoft came up with Clippy, the animated paperclip, an “office assistant”. It was released with Office 97 and supposed to help users with routine task, like formatting a letter in MS word. The paper clip was the default character, but there were other animated assistants like Clippy—The Genius (caricature of Albert Einstein), Power Pup (a dog), and Will (caricature of William Shakespeare).
"So many efforts, so much of cheerful animated assistants, but it took users no time to despise this feature of Office 97. Though Microsoft tried to pull it off by keeping the feature for years, the company in 2001 Web campaign, scrapped Clippy in run up to Office XP, finally bowing to users’ opinion. The company made fun of itself, "Office XP works so easily that it's made Office Assistants like me useless. Obsolete. And, I'm told, hideously unattractive," Clippy said on the Microsoft site."