Rea Maor seems to think so and has put together a post laying out seven reasons why Microsoft is doomed for failure. Maybe not this year or even the next but he thinks most certainly by the next decade. I am certainly no fan of Microsoft even though I am forced to use their products every day. Therefore a post such as this caught my attention. I think Rea has some very valid points.
He points out that their business model is dead, they flunk at Web 2.0, they are running out of friends, they only have a couple of cash cows to work with, people hate Vista (me included), their stock is no longer rising, and PC makers are beginning to turn their backs on Microsoft. Could this be one of the reasons why they are focusing so much on search? Rea did fail to mention Microsoft’s success with the Xbox which I don’t see diminishing anytime soon.
I certainly feel that their reign in computer operating systems, office productivity software and the browser is coming to an end. I also don’t think they are going to beat Google at search, no matter how hard they try. I do think they will stick around as a competitor in different arenas. What will be interesting to watch is if they can be satisfied playing the role as a competitor amongst many other companies as opposed to their typical role as a monopolizing bully.
Check out Rea’s post in its entirety as it is an interesting read.