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Knowing that nothing is forever, I’ve always wondered when we’d see the fall of Windows. Unfortunately, I think we are seeing that happen now.
In the past two years we’ve seen mobility reshape the form of computing. Cell phones have become mini computers and tablets have become the fastest growing form factor of computing today.
Where is Microsoft during all this? That’s right, they are not there. While Apple and Google have been selling tablets like hotcakes, Microsoft has managed to sit on its corporate backside and watch as once small competition gobbles up today’s new market.
A few years back Apple users were portrayed as a small group, a nerdy few, in casual garb. They had maniacal allegiance to a small company, selling overpriced computers. Not anymore. Every day I see more and more people switching to Apple. Three years ago I never heard anyone say” I’ve bought a new Apple computer” and now I hear it almost every day. Are they saying they bought a Tablet? Who knows, but the fact is that because of Tablets, Apple is now in a lot more homes and has a lot more recognition. Heck, my wife has an iPad, both my grand daughters have iPads. I have an iPhone.
Google/Android is the other big player in the tablet and phone market. Android is now huge, and when there is a comparison of new kit, it is between Android and Apple.
Windows phones? Windows Tablets? Not yet, maybe in October.
The point is that Windows has already let the cows out of the pasture. People already know that there are excellent choices other than Windows. The fear of the unknown is gone. iStuff and Android are established, they are well received. What appeared to be the small Battle of Phoneville and the Battle of Tabletsburg has changed the momentum and the landscape of the whole war. Microsoft will fall because it failed to fight what it thought were small battles. Apathy, and lack of vision were the downfall of this overstuffed, self suffocating King. The king is dead. Long live Mobility.
Let me know what you think.
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