"The problem is that Microsoft has been the schoolyard pansy for way too long."
This is, of course, nonsense. The problem is that Microsoft has been, for too long defending its mother ship monopolies and doing nothing important to improve them.
When it has made attempts like Vista, they have ended up as Vistasters. Its other home-grown products have been resounding failures. Xbox was vastly over budget, had failure rates > 40% on some lots and cannot ever earn a profit in excess of its cost of capital.
Zune is so bad and sells so badly that it is beyond embarrassment. Zune has sold 2MM devices in almost two years. Apple will sell that many iPhones in two months. Apple sells 2MM iPods in two months. I have never, ever, seen a Zune in the wild. It has been and will stay a vanity of Gates/Ballmer. Who will have the sense to kill this me-too offer-nothing-incrementally stupidity.
So also were SPoT, PlaysForSure, and WinMobile.
Has anyone ever heard of a WinMobile Killer? Of course not because no one targets it. No one wants to use a WinMobile device because it was a shrunken, clunky version of Windows. MSFT decided to use it as a Windows monopoly defender instead of developing a package uniquely tailored to handheld devices. Consequently, people who use the clumsy junk migrate to other devices which do NOT use WinMobile.
No WinMobile killer? The reason is it is already roadkill.
I personally used 11 WinMobile devices and never enjoyed using any of them. The browser vitiated most of the reason to buy the device. The browser is simply a shrunken headed version of Big IE. In other words, it does not and cannot work right - just another monopoly defender.
Until MSFT dedicates itself to REAL innovation instead of fourth rate, crap, monopoly defender software, people will migrate to other platforms.
I know. After almost 15 years of Windows, I got so tired of not being able to do a simple 15 folder backup under that abortion Windows Explorer that I gave Mac a try.
I Will NEVER go back to Windows because the Mac actually does what it says it will do without a blizzard of grotesquely stupid interrogatories and notices. If I want to do some drag and drops, I do not want to be repeatedly informed of the file extension and asked to confirm and reconfirm. JUST DO IT WITHOUT ALL THE PETTY NONSENSE!
Simply put, MSFT wasted my time when I was trying to do simple things for years. It wasted my time with stupidly conceived, engineered and marketed products that vastly over promised and vastly under delivered.I will never trust it again.
Schoolyard pansy? Yes, that is, in some sense true. It sat around, like a big bloated frog for years, doing those monumentally stupid ads - saying how innovative it is. Xbox, Zune, PlaysForSure, SPoT, Vistaster? These are innovative? These are plainly junk that bring no shareholder return.
MSFT is being squeezed to death by Apple and google. Apple will, over the next few years, take away much of the profit of Windows as more and more people leave the massive Windows bloat and frustration behind. The iPod and iPhone were the opening wedge; they showed that using a computer does not need to be root canal work IF you use a non-MSFT computer.
In the office arena, OFFICE has been vastly over bloated for around a decade. google will wipe out Office within five years while the Redmond mandarins argue how much to screw their customers.
Pansy? Yes, it is true. MSFT is an innovation pansy, having sat on its fat ass and defended its monopolies while the world moved on.
Oh, by the way, did I mention MSFT's innovation initiative in Search? Wow, there is a real winner! Another candidate for Pansy of the Year!