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Re: Embrace, Extend Extinguish


From: amicus_curious
Subject: Re: Embrace, Extend Extinguish
Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 17:00:32 -0500


"Rjack" <address@hidden> wrote in message news:address@hidden


Due to legal antitrust concerns, Microsoft is always going to
allow about 20% of the total market to competitors...

As romantic as that may sound, it is the wrong view of the situation. Microsoft's continued dominance of the PC OS market is due to tried and true notions of market dynamics, nothing more and nothing less. The PC market, as orchestrated by Microsoft, is mature as such things go and already they are branching out into other fields in order to find new worlds to conquer. The PC OS market is very mature and consumer expectations, attitudes, and tastes are firmly set. There is no way on earth to unseat Microsoft here and there is little reason to do so. The FOSS fellas are miffed at the market success and vast wealth of the MSFT founders, but they are fated to be miffed for all time.

New things come up all the time, for example Google and Facebook and such. They are the star performers today and will likely pale in the future to be replaced by something else. It is nature's way and read of "Product Life Cycles" in the marketing lore for the details.


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