Given an out-of-line tax policy, it could be argued that any company that can, should keep as much money as possible overseas. Lots of companies are doing it, and everyone except the government agrees that it just makes sense.
Microsoft had the advantage of a 15 year head start. And it built a pretty effective moat, in the agreements it has made with OEM's and retailers. Now it hides behind the moat and has proved unable to establish new territory sufficient to carry the company when the old territory goes stale. And now other companies are gnawing away at the edges of its cord businesses. So the demise of Microsoft is clearly only a matter of time.
The handwriting on the wall is the simple fact that by now everybody has heard of Android. And it can no longer be claimed that Linux is untested and unknown. People who really know computing -- for example the people who run the stock exchanges or the supercomputer sites or the major search engines or the major social media sites -- know very well that Linux is the operating system to use if you want to build anything new. So Microsoft is stuck with the stodgy old customers it managed to lock in before Linux came along; and one by one they will be tempted away by the likes of Chromebox or iPad or Samsung Galaxy.
Surely the Chinese know that developing an operating system is not a trivial exercise. Their only reasonable course is to adopt Linux and make it their own. This time perhaps they will not be distracted by a visit by Bill Gates.
"This isn't the first time China is coming up with a homegrown operating system. Back in 2000, it launched Red Flag Linux with great fanfair, yet the OS failed to gain a major foothold ultimately halting operations earlier this year.
"In January, the Chinese government launched COS (China Operating System), a Linux-based open source mobile OS. It was developed jointly with China's Institute of Software at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (ISCAS) and Shanghai Liantong.
"China also helps fund Ubuntu Kylin, a version of Ubuntu designed for Chinese users. According to Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, over three million people downloaded the OS in the first 12 months."
Just can't let dead dogs lie, can you. Even in a case where Microsoft got handed its greatest embarrassment ever.
Contrary to nonsense from one softie shillbot, basing COS on Linux was the only reasonable course the Chinese could have taken. Taking it closed-source is a mistake they will come to regret.
"You can work on your alternative mobile operating system as much as you like, you can throw money at the sales teams and the developers, and you can publicly state you are going to take on the incumbents. It doesn’t matter. When it comes down to it, Android and iOS are two of the most defensible computing platforms on the planet because they have won the hearts and minds of the developer community.
"In yesterday’s interview with The Wall Street Journal, Huawei’s consumer business group Richard Yu was asked about their choice of operating systems for smartphones. Specifically why go with Android and remain beholden to Google’s, rather than alternatives? Because Huawei has lost money in the last two years manufacturing Windows Phone handsets (“it has been difficult to persuade consumers to buy a Windows phone. It wasn’t profitable for us”) and while some mobile networks have asked for a Tizen phone, Huawei ”feel Tizen has no chance to be successful. Even for Windows Phone it’s difficult to be successful.” "
So, the same factors that once favored Microsoft now favor Linux and iOS.
"It's not surprising Spotify took its time getting around to updating its app for the Windows device. Microsoft smartphones account for a much smaller percentage of the smartphone market than iOS or Android devices."
Softie has seen life from both sides now.
From win and lose, and still somehow,
It's life's illusions they recall,
They really don't know life at all.
It's a feedback loop that keeps reinforcing itself. Increasing disparity of market share leads to increasing disparity in functionality, which leads to further increases in share disparity. Microsoft once benefitted from a similar effect. Now it works against Microsoft.
Time again to educate yourself.
There are perhaps a half-dozen distributions with any signficant market share. In any case, all are Linux. The differences are largely a matter of which applications are supplied by default, in which directories they are kept etc. All of which serves to justify the claim that Linux is "all about choice", whereas Windows most emphatically is not, unless you think it's signicant that you can choose the color of your window borders.
The end of the story is that SCO failed to produce any evidence to support its absurd claims and SCO went bankrupt.
I still don't understand why no Microsoft executives went to prison for their part in the drama. Barratry is a crime in some jurisdictions.
"Software developer Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) slashed prices of its Surface 2 tablet lineup by $100, representing a 22% cut irrespective of the model. The entry-level second-generation Windows 8.1 RT device will now cost as little as $349 and the new prices will be effective from Aug 24 to Sep 27 in the U.S.
"It is unclear whether Microsoft wants to clear the inventory before it discontinues the tablet to focus on its successor Surface Pro 3 or whether it is trying to scrap a product which is incapable of delivering on its goals.
"Surface is a series of tablets produced by Microsoft in a bid to amalgamate its Windows OS with its own hardware. It has launched five Surface devices to date: the ARM-based Surface RT that was upgraded to Surface 2, and the Intel (INTC)-based Surface Pro that was refreshed twice to Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3. Microsoft unveiled Surface Pro 3, the thinnest, lightest and largest laptop-tablet hybrid product in the series in May.
"However, these devices have generated lower revenues than the amount spent on marketing them. Even though the company is yet to register profits from the Surface devices, it is leaving no stone unturned to capture the imagination of customers. Microsoft is also offering its services and technology across a larger number of devices, which could help it protect its still-leading share of key applications markets."
Do you get the impression of increasing desperation?
"Chromebooks are making inroads into the education sector, and a push is coming for the enterprise with new native Chrome capabilities from Citrix. Google and Citrix have announced Citrix Receiver for Chrome, a native app for the Chromebook which has direct access to the system resources, including printing, audio, and video.
"To provide the security needed for the enterprise, the new Citrix app assigns a unique Receiver ID to each device for monitoring, seamless Clipboard integration across remote and local applications, end user experience monitoring with HDX Insight, and direct SSL connections.
"Google and Citrix have partnered to bring Chromebooks with the Citrix software to 20 global enterprises over the coming months. These deployments cover many industries, including healthcare.
"Chapters Health Systems, a company providing hospice and palliative care to patients in Florida, has tested using Chromebooks to provide secure access to apps and tools to mobile nurses and remote healthcare providers. Chris Williams, Director of IT for Chapters Health Systems explains why the company went with Chromebooks running Citrix software."
"Gartner's forecasts put more light on why Microsoft is dissing Chrome OS laptops
"Sales of Chromebooks will exceed 5 million this year, meaning the low-cost, simple-to-use laptops will account for about 2% of all personal computers, Gartner forecast on Monday.
"So Microsoft, which has dismissed Chromebooks as unworthy of the name "notebook" -- and in the process has caused some people to wonder why it deigns to acknowledge the upstart -- may be right to hammer the rival platform. While Chromebooks will remain a niche player, sales of laptops powered by Google's Chrome OS will almost triple to 14.4 million by 2017, said Gartner.
"If that prediction comes to pass, Chromebooks would represent 5% of all personal computers expected to sell in 2017, nearly the same as the Mac's current market share."
Dark cloud on Microsoft's horizon.
' "Microsoft should not ignore the Chromebook market. They're priced low, they're easy to manage," said Durand.
'Once-stalwart Microsoft partners, including Lenovo, Hewlett-Packard and Dell, have all dipped toes into the Chromebook waters, a move they would not have dared to make three years ago. That speaks, more than anything, to Windows' current weaknesses, including licensing costs and the pushback against Windows 8.
'Analysts like Durand remain bullish on Chromebooks' chances of expanding beyond the education market, a development that would further complicate Microsoft's life, and the lives of OEMs sticking with Windows. Durand cited several specific cases where Chromebooks could be used in business. For example, real estate agents and hotel receptionists might find that they prefer Chromebooks to PCs, he said.'
"Corruption Watch: Microsoft Lobbying Designed to Kill Chile’s Free Software Policy and Promote Microsoft With Subsidies, More Dirty Tricks Emerge in Munich
"Summary: Microsoft is systematically attacking migrations to GNU, Linux and Free software, using dirty tricks, as always
"Windows, the common carrier of Microsoft, is such a sordid mess that it suffers regular glitches and conducts mass surveillance on users. Microsoft knows that without Windows it cannot survive, so dirty tricks resume in a very big way. This is not a beep on the radar but somewhat of a surge.
"Bribing politicians in numerous countries is not enough for Microsoft (it got caught), so moles too seem to be rolled into action. Microsoft Peter says that the chief criminal (behind bribes to officials) is distancing himself from Microsoft, but the corruption itself is not stopping:
"Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced that he’s stepping down from the company’s board, effective immediately.
"Don’t think for a second that it means the crimes will stop. Under his leadership Brazil was attacked by proxy for its ODF policy and many other nations that are cheap to bribe or corrupt suffered from Microsoft intervention. It is digital imperialism. Consider the Philippines, which has been the victim of colonialism for hundreds of years. In 2008 we wrote about what Microsoft had done in the Philippines to derail a Free software policy and bill. Now Microsoft does something similar in Santiago, writing or changing legislation by proxy, if not bribing people as well (the modus operandi of Microsoft against public officials). In 2008 we wrote about what Microsoft had done in Chile and Ernesto Manríquez tells us that it is happening again. “Microsoft bought local politician Daniel Farcas to neutralize a resolution forcing Chilean gov’t to use FLOSS,” he told me, adding that “Farcas was involved in a corruption scandal with his university, UNIACC (controlled by Apollo Gr
"Chile would be foolish to stay with Microsoft, especially given public knowledge about espionage by NSA, Microsoft’s “special” partner. It is a matter of national security. Likewise in Germany. Right now Microsoft (through its partners and embedded pseudo-journalists) is libeling Munich's migration to GNU/Linux (see our update with refutation) and one Romanian journalist says that it is “Proof That Microsoft Is Still an Evil Company”. Microsoft has tried so many dirty tricks against Munich and the latest is perhaps a mole of Microsoft. To quote the journalist: “Reports about the city of Munich authorities that are considering the replacement of Linux with Microsoft products mostly comes from one man, the Deputy Mayor of Munich, who is also a long-term self-declared Windows fan.
" “Munich is the poster child for the adoption of a Linux distribution and the replacement of the old Windows OS. It provided a powerful incentive for other cities to do the same, and it’s been a thorn in Microsoft’s side for a very long time.
" “The adoption of open source software in Munich started back in 2004 and it took the local authorities over 10 years to finish the process. It’s a big infrastructure, but in the end they managed to do it. As you can imagine, Microsoft was not happy about it. Even the CEO of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, tried to stop the switch to Linux, but he was too late to the party.”
"Even after refutation some Microsoft boosters continue to repeat the propaganda and the lies (no need for links to examples here, as that would feed them). They will probably continue to do this for a while, totally ignoring refutations that are not convenient to this Microsoft brainwash attempt (trying to scare those who wish to mimic Munich and follow its example). Bribes go a long way and Microsoft has clever ways of distributing them. We gave numerous examples from Munich (‘soft’ bribes)....