“if (when?) Microsoft eventually implodes” … The Top 5 List of “What Went Wrong”

The MSFTextrememakeover blog has a new post up; here’s the part I found the most interesting:

Effectively, [Microsoft] has ceded its position as the clear leader in personal computer operating systems (btw, I’m obviously talking technology not marketshare – at least for now). That’s the core of what this company does and is meant to be good at. In fact, if (when?) Microsoft eventually implodes and the definitive book is written to answer the question “What went wrong?”, the Vista/Longhorn drama will no doubt make the top 5 list

Here’s the full list:

5. the Vista/Longhorn drama
4. a seemingly endless series of ill-conceived, poorly-executed, big bet “investments” that have collectively been a dismal failure
3. the stupid decision to try and hold back the web vs embrace and lead it, which also led to…
2. the anti-trust loss and resulting fallout which continues to this day – itself caused by the arrogance from…
1. the sense of entitlement that permeated the company in the late 90’s and caused them to think they were owed a market and could basically sit back and coast

And based on the rest of the post and what I know of Microsoft, I can suggest an entry for a ‘top 6’ list:

So what does the future hold? Can this dog learn to hunt again? That’s likely the minimum requirement for this stock to ever provide outsized returns. It may even be required for the company just to survive. Or will MSFT continue its march into irrelevance, struggling to even be an “IBM” ten years from now? IMO, unsurprisingly, that’s going to come down to leadership. Can Ballmer pull it off? I’m doubtful – he’s had eight years so far and we’ve seen the results. Who does that leave? […] One of the former CEO’s from companies MSFT has acquired like AQNT? That strikes me as the best choice – or of course an outsider. The problem? I don’t seen any signs that Ballmer is planning on giving up his chair.

(An aside: There might be some unintentional humor in that last sentence ;)

As we get closer to 2010, what’s becoming apparent is that if Microsoft is to avoid implosion, they need to make ‘Windows 7’ a real crowd pleaser (not just lauded in their press releases) and ready on time

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2 Responses to ““if (when?) Microsoft eventually implodes” … The Top 5 List of “What Went Wrong””

  1. exholt Says:

    “As we get closer to 2010, what’s becoming apparent is that if Microsoft is to avoid implosion, they need to make ‘Windows 7′ a real crowd pleaser (not just lauded in their press releases) and ready on time…”

    That’s expecting a bit much from Microsoft…

  2. Limulus Says:

    *grin* I suppose it is, but its really the *only* way I can see M$ not imploding :)

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