On the other hand, they HAVE to go for change-for-the-sake-of-change because otherwise they can't convince IT manager they need to buy the next version, and they have no revenue stream. So Microsoft is stuck in a losing paradigm.
"NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- The 1990's are gone and tech giants Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) and Intel (INTC - Get Report) are no longer the dynamic duo of a burgeoning PC market. With PC sales back in decline, only Apple (AAPL) is managing to grow market share.
"But that shouldn't matter for Microsoft and Intel, whose shares are down so far in 2015 by 10% and 13%, respectively. In fact, given both companies current status as two of the worst performers in the Dow Jones Industrial Average, now's a great time to take a position in either or both stocks.
The rest of the story is that Microsoft is playing catch-up in cloud computing.
One issue at a time, Microsoft is giving up on everything it once claimed to stand for. Microsoft is destined to be the RCA of the 21st Century.
I don't pay much attention to price movements of MSFT any more, but couldn't help noticing that after rising much of last year, the stock is seriously down since roughly last November.
There was never any good reason for to go up. Probably it was being pumped by Microsoft itself through stock repurchase. Probably it's now falling because they've given up on that.
How art the mighty fallen. There was a time when it would not have occurred to anyone that the next version of Windows might be a flop....
An expected move. Will it work? I doubt it, but we shall see. As the author states:
"Of course, everything rests on Windows 10. If it’s a flop then Microsoft will have lost far more than market share at the bottom end of the laptop market.
"Would you be interested in a $150 Windows 10-based laptop? Do you own and love a Chromebook or hate them?"
Personally, yes, I own not one but two Chromebooks, and wouldn't go near a device that runs any version of Windows.
"Phablets are a very hotly growing market. Phablets are those huge phones (greater than 4″ screen size) that some people carry around. From almost nothing in 2012, over the last 3 years the market has exploded:
"The original creator of this market data, Kulbinder Garcha of Credit Suisse, thinks this demonstrates cannibalization of tablet sales by phablets. And this is thought to be a bad thing for Apple AAPL -0.81%.
"But there is another way to look at this. By introducing and promoting a phablet (iPhone 6+ and Galaxy S6,) Apple and Samsung are growing the total users of mobile media and mobile apps. As the chart shows, growth in tablet sales has been small compared to what happened when phablets came along. So people who didn’t buy a tablet, and maybe (likely?) wouldn’t, are buying phablets. The market is growing faster with phablets than had they not been introduced, and even if tablet sales shrink Apple and Samsung will see revenues continue growing."
I'm guessing you can't spell "analysts" because you can't pronounce it. "sts" is too many consonants in a row for you to pronounce.
Users don't care that Microsoft makes more revenue, they care that they, as users, can do more with less hardware if they base their system on Linux.
I go away for a while, and come to check on you, and what has changed? Nothing. You are still busying yourself with showing everyone how frightened you are of Linux.
Exactly. I agree completely. They can't hope to actually win an argument, so apparently their only objective is to waste the time of whoever replies to them. I choose not to let them waste my time. Well, not much of it....
Oh, and the rest of your post consisted of two lame attemptls to change the subject -- what softie shills almost invariably do. I don't think I've ever seen one of you meet an issue head on.
Idiot, I didn't misunderstand, the author of the article clearly had no idea what he was talking about.
BTW the argument softie shills have always used is that Windows is targeted because it is widely used. There is no point in attacking an operating system nobody uses.
The shoe is on the other foot now, is it not?
Horsepucky, there aren't five billion apps in existence. There may be that many INSTANCES downloaded. If you're going to quote somebody, at least quote somebody who, on the face of it, appears to know what he's talking about.
But there's no mention of the multiple millions of separate and distinct viruses in the wild on Internet targeting Windows exclusively.
"Windows OS is facing severe threats from the rising popularity of Android OS
"As we have seen in the earlier part of the series, Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows operating system dominates the PC market. However, its position is continuously being challenged by people’s preference and shift towards mobile and connected devices and the growing prominence of Google’s (GOOG) (GOOGL) Android operating system.
"After successfully capturing a huge share in the mobile segment, Google is all set to make inroads in the PC and laptop sphere. China and other developing Asian economies that are strong markets for Microsoft are slowly turning to its peers like Apple (AAPL) and Google."
In one view of the future, the "Singularity" is only about a quarter of a century away -- when machine intelligency will exceed that of human beings of the old type. A year beyond that, it will have exceeded human intelligence by an order of magnitude. After that, all bets are off. Something will survive, but it may not resemble us very much.