Paul McDougall in Information Week on how Microsoft is looking more and more like an end stage company.
Microsoft as we know it may not be around in another decade—maybe not even in five years. There’s hardly a single tech industry trend line pointing in Redmond’s favor right now, and some of those curves are about to get a lot steeper, real fast.
On Microsoft dumping Live Journal:
Think about it: Microsoft, still the world’s largest software company by revenue, is so clueless on Web 2.0 it can’t make a simple blogging platform people will actually use.
On Microsoft’s many and expensive miscues:
Where does all this leave Microsoft? Out in the cold within just the next few years unless big changes are made—and those changes need to start at the top. The best thing Ballmer can do to preserve his legacy and ensure he’s not Microsoft’s last CEO is to start assembling a new management team that can build a foundation for real change—and rid the company of its PC-centric focus.
Ballmer has said he wants to stick around until about 2018.
Remember, Apple was near death in 1996. 14 years later, the company has more cash than Microsoft, a larger market cap than Microsoft, and more revenue than Microsoft. Things change.