Thursday, February 4, 2010

MSFT: Lost In the Woods

In a prior piece, Knowing The Path Isn't Walking The Path, the Jaded Consumer discussed how Microsoft had been unable to solve clearly-identified problems apparently addressed just fine by competitors with fewer resources. In today's op-ed in the New York Times, a former Microsoft executive explains that this is the inevitable result of Microsoft's dysfunctional internal culture.

So instead of leading the world in technology, the world's richest tech company is apparently reduced to making false predictions of doom about its many competitors while milking decades-old software franchises for continued cash flows as long as developer API dependency and file format lock-in supports its business model.

Now, perhaps we understand why Microsoft has failed to deliver on its promises of the future.

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