For the first time in many years, Microsoft has a vision.
'In November 2012, CEO Steve Ballmer proclaimed that Microsoft (MSFT, Fortune 500) is no longer just a software company that licensed its operating system to PC makers to use as they pleased. Instead, Microsoft is now a devices and services company that develops its own end-to-end experience for consumers. Ballmer said Microsoft wants to maintain firm control over how its products are used.
'Microsoft provided the first glimpse of how that plan might come together two weeks ago, when it unveiled its new strategy codenamed "Blue." The company promises to roll out more frequent and more incremental updates of Windows, Windows Phone, Office and Xbox software. More than that, those updates will be coordinated across Microsoft's multiple platforms, to get all customers' "devices, apps and services working together."
'Instead of a mishmash of systems out there using outdated Microsoft software with glaring compatibility issues, "Blue" could ensure that Microsoft's own products evolve at the same rate as the rest of the tech world.
'If this is starting to sounds a lot like how Apple (AAPL, Fortune 500) and Google (GOOG, Fortune 500) do business, that's intentional.'
Well, okay, if "me, too" is a vision, then Microsoft has a vision.
A bit more of a descent into wishful thinking. Now they want to become an Apple/IBM style company after denigrating them for decades. No doubt the stockholders will be fooled right up to the final collapse. A byproduct of runaway marketing.