Microsoft is beginning to bear a disturbing resemblance to the IBM of 25 years ago. After years of dominance, it’s missing one opportunity after another as new markets come and leave Microsoft behind. It’s still dominant in the old guard world of desktop and laptop PCs but how long can that last? The latest example, argues Datamation’s Mike Elgan, is in the area of enterprise tablet devices. While Apple charges into segments and makes them a success, Microsoft fumbles.
Microsoft owned the 1990s with Windows. Since then, the company has failed to dominate the worlds of cell phones, tablets and everything in between.
With iPad-like touch tablets about to take over the mobile space, and eventually the desktop, Microsoft has been presented with an amazing opportunity to dominate business computing for the next 30 years.
Will Microsoft let this one slip away?