Microsoft adapts slowly to the netbook wave

Quoting Microsoft Reports Second-Quarter Results :

Client revenue declined 8% as a result of PC market weakness and a continued shift to lower priced netbooks.

Sounds like Microsoft unwillingness to sell XP instead of Vista has a very big effect on it. The adaptaion to the new situation might come after the release on Windows 7. Let’s just wait and see…

Also read Ballmer: Linux Bigger Competitor than Apple, and the follow ups made about the slide presented there.

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6 responses to “Microsoft adapts slowly to the netbook wave

  1. Good point. But my hope is that software-as-a-service and the never-ending parade of unnecessary operating systems will doom Microsoft. What we need is for the browser to become the standard application platform. When all of the apps run in browsers, we won’t need Windows anymore. Then we can get some REAL competition and creativity in the computer industry.

    I certainly feel that my business will benefit from the decline of Microsoft.

    Stu Kushner
    http://www.progressiveoffice.com

  2. jef spaleta

    The real problem for MS is going to be the introduction of ARM based devices where Windows 7 can’t be deployed. If the ARM based OEMs are aggressive in defining the casual web-centric netbook experience that doesn’t need MS productivity software..then that is really what is going to hit MS hard. Both Xandros and Canonical are getting ready to support ARM based devices. I’m just waiting to hear that Linpus is going to get on the ARMwagon as well.

    The current crop of intel OEMs aren’t supporting linux in a make or break way. None of them are producing linux side by side with XP in all global markets so really knowing how big the market for linux netbooks are is difficult to judge in comparison to the XP versions of the same or similar hardware.

    HP announced they aren’t releasing their linux versions
    http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9595_22-266243.html

    in Europe and its Europe where the big netbook sales are really happening.
    http://www.microsoft-watch.com/content/desktop_mobile/netbook_sales_soar_in_europe.html

    The current situation is a really a mixed bag for linux. Intel OEMs are using it to force pricing concessions from MS for XP installs..which is great for OEMs and consumers..but in the marketplace those very same OEMs aren’t putting linux for sale in equal numbers with the XP models…thats bad.

    The ARMsrace coming up this year will definitely be a much more interesting comparison. Will ARM based devices kick the snot out of the atom devices in marketshare due to better power consumption and a lower price point? Will Xandros continue to top Canonical in linux units sold?

    And then of course..there is the very very darkhorse…MIPS. If ARM is able beat in the door and take marketshare away from Intel, will that make it possible for MIPS to be a technology player as well? Some of the best innovation in the next year might actually be in the competition between hardware vendors and not in the software itself. Breaking the wintel lockin might actually reap far more benefits in opening up the underlying cpu hardware to competition more than linux itself.

    -jef

  3. @stukish: And then instead of being trapped by M$, we’re locked into proprietary web services. We still don’t control the software we’re running and now we don’t even control our data! How’s that an improvement? Web services are not the solution, they’re part of the problem.

  4. @Kevin: All software is proprietary. The Hardware and the OS simply create a foundation for proprietary solutions. The common hardware and OS is what makes that possible. SAAS is the future and will create a fair playing field for all programmers to develop applications without having to compete directly with M$. The Web as the OS is the future.

  5. jef spaleta

    @Kevin:
    web services don’t have to be closed…its a choice that developers of those services make. The same choice that developers were making for client side code for the last few decades.

    The problem is we don’t have a strong FSF or GNU-like entity yet to champion building a sustainable and open development framework. What we have instead is set of very vocal corporate leaders telling us that web services are somehow different than client code and don’t benefit from open development in the same way that client code does. Its going to be an immensely frustrating time for open development advocates…I imagine its the same sort of frustrations that Stallman felt back in the day as he was seeing the idea of proprietary code be injected into the coding community he was part of.

    It seems to be that the best pushback against this is for KDE and GNOME to start develop an open web services cooperative as an integrated extension to the open desktop as an alternative to proprietary web services to draw a line in the sand as to what best practises are for open web services deployments. But I’ve no idea how you would fund the operations of such a thing.

    -jef

  6. > All software is proprietary.

    Whether you’re asserting this about the present or seeing this as the way to go for the future, in either case your position is insane. I wonder why I’m even trying to argue with someone like you.:-/

    Newsflash: There is this thing called Free Software. It frees you from proprietary lock-in. It is what Fedora and Debian are about. (FYI, the blog you’re commenting on is aggregated on the Fedora and Debian planets.)

    The ideal world is a world where NO software is proprietary. A world where all software is proprietary would be a nightmare world!

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