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Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy

From: David Kastrup
Subject: Re: Microsoft needs a help strategy
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2009 12:04:26 +0100
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Rjack <> writes:

> amicus_curious wrote:
>> "Rjack" <> wrote in message
>> Microsoft is not the result of many mergers and acquisitions, rather
>> the product of a rapidly growing market for computers in the home
>> and workplace. 
> True but you missed the point.

How is that true?  Microsoft _very_ much is well-known to acquire makers
of new technology that can be used to push their advantage in the
market.  They are not working on their cashflow for charity.  It is
certainly an essential business strategy in fast-moving markets to put
down your money and strategies where the market demands.  And Microsoft
has been masterful at that business angle, which is the main reason they
got where they are now.

The Microsoft slogan "where do you want to go today?" is reflecting this
reactive thinking more than anything: tell them where you want to go,
and they'll buy the roads.  Their problem is that they have bought
themselves the roads into a dead end.  And there are no roads to buy out
from there, so they have to build them.  And find a place where people
actually want to go.  And Vista pretty much is a failure on most points.

At some point of time they need to go "we are preparing the roads to
places where you'll want to go tomorrow once you see them".

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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