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  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Apr 3, 2013 11:22 AM Flag

    Microsoft Loses the Computing Plot

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    "NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft has lost the plot and needs an entirely new story.

    "Microsoft's old story was that it controlled the operating system, the base of the computing pyramid, and because it controlled this base, it would lead computing where it wanted it to go.

    "That's no longer true. Apple's iOS and Google's Android are both more powerful on clients. Linux is more powerful in the data center. The cloud makes Windows irrelevant.

    "Figures from NetMarketshare tell the story. Six months after its launch, Windows 8 has a desktop market share of 3%. Its progress is slower than Windows 7, and remember -- this is Windows' "touch" interface. Windows 7 is still all about the mouse. "


    "Microsoft has a play here, called Kinect. Invented in 2005, launched for its game machine in 2010, and for Windows last year, Kinect uses cameras, sensors and software to interpret your movements as computer commands. Microsoft handed it off to developers, who were initially excited by its possibilities. It gives a robot eyes.

    "But Microsoft didn't develop Kinect further, nor did it push Kinect as a computer product. A start-up called Leap Motion, launched the same year the Kinect first shipped, has done that, and come up with a device no bigger than a USB drive that you can see in this YouTube video. "


    "Leap, in short, is what Kinect should have been, and it will take Microsoft's competitors beyond where Kinect can go, even before Kinect gets there.

    "If that's not losing the plot, I don't know what is. Microsoft needs a quarterback, not a blocking back. Like IBM 30 years ago, it has become vulnerable to the first "kids with a clue" who came along: the guys at Leap Motion. "


    There's a reason for the Kinect debacle. The reason is that Microsoft didn't invent it, doesn't own it, and couldn't talk PrimeSense into rolling over and playing dead.

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