Microsoft—Charting a Path to Irrelevance - Page 2
On the heels of all of the bad news for Microsoft, the iPad 2 tablet was released with much fanfare and blazing hot sales. In the release, Apple’s CEO Steve Jobs heralded the “post PC era”, insisting that mobile computing will spell the demise of the traditional desktop computer. If his prognostication comes to pass, where will Microsoft fit in to the new landscape? As of now, the Windows 7 platform is barely adequate to power a tablet that can challenge the current iPad and Android devices that now dominate the market. Microsoft is hurrying the development of Windows 8, which they hope will allow them to compete in the tablet space, but it seems like it won’t be ready until late 2012.
Adding insult to injury, Microsoft’s largest hardware partner, Hewlett Packard, just announced that it will be offering WebOS on most, if not all of their new hardware. WebOS, acquired by HP when they purchased Palm, Inc. in 2010, is ready to roll on HP desktops, mobile units and tablets. If this move sets a precedent, who will be there to actually use Windows 8 when it’s finally ready?
Microsoft obviously is not going away quietly, but their recent string of failures, missteps, and delays display a very ominous trend. Is there a comeback in store for the beleaguered giant? Possibly. One thing seems clear though; there may come a time very soon when Microsoft can no longer afford to keep right on saying “so what?”