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Rex Sorgatz

Trying really fucking hard to not be part of the problem.

apr 10
2007

Microsoft Is Dead

Somehow, Paul Graham's Microsoft is Dead is catching on, even though it basically reads like a day in the life of Scoble. [more inside]

2 comments

Although it would be ridiculous for me to get into here, I'll say that I agree with a lot of it... but it misses on a few points:

1) Microsoft is in all sorts of lucrative businesses that you never read about in the NYT Business section. I don't think anyone has written about this, so here's a scoop for you: I think this is what Bill Gates learned from Warren Buffet -- product diversification into areas that aren't sexy.

2) Microsoft is not nearly as monolithic as people think. Scoble makes this point all the time, but people still don't hear it: there are just vastly too many smart people at Microsoft for anyone to seriously believe there's a bunch of dolts running around making bad design decisions.

3) Microsoft still makes significantly more than Google or Apple, and had record profits this year.

However, the points about relevance -- cultural & technological -- are generally accurate.

posted by Rex at 3:35 PM on April 10, 2007

I think the points about cultural and technological relevance were the bulk of the article. I don't think it was about M$ being dead as a business. All that said, it was hardly revolutionary or surprising.

posted by britt at 4:37 PM on April 10, 2007




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