I'm an investor. Look at the stock price, and look at what the stock has done during the past few years.
Would I have been better off investing in MSFT because their followers throw so much money at them?
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Chrome has gotten so much good -- and free -- publicity, just because it's new and different. Not only is it unreliable, it's downgraded in favor of IE for financial institutions that rely on security above all else.
All of Chrome's bells and whistles simply don't measure up to the security of a mature OS or browser.
Good luck to all those who prematurely jumped on a broken band wagon, and props to Microsoft.
By Jai Singh
Staff Writer, CNET News
ORLANDO, Florida--When it comes to the state of Apple Computer, everyone has an opinion.
And at the Gartner Symposium and ITxpo97 here today, the CEO of competitor Dell Computer added his voice to the chorus when asked what could be done to fix the Mac maker. His solution was a drastic one.
"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders," Michael Dell said before a crowd of several thousand IT executives.
Apple's iPhone and every iteratioin of their iPod flew of the shelves during the holiday shopping season.
I understand that many Zune owners like what they own. This doesn't mean that the Zune is better or worse than the iPod/iPhone. It also doesn't mean the the iPhone/iPod is better or worse than the Zune.
What this DOES mean is that many milions more people were willing pay for the iPhone/iPod as compared to any other -- and usually cheaper -- product on the market during what in my opinion is an economic depression.
You can fight words. You can fight the government. But you can't fight facts...unless, of course, you're mentally disturbed.
Actually, Apple hired the president of PepsiCo in 1983. His name is John Sculley. We all know how that worked out. We all learned how that worked out.
The thing is, there is no REAL competition between Apple and Microsoft on MP3 players. Apple was late to the game and raised the bar; Microsoft was much later to the game, and they did what they always do -- lower expectations. Shortly after, tech giants Intel and Dell dropped out, in large part because they knew they couldn't compete with the iPod. Dell actually sold iPods on their Web site for a time. Amazing.
I don’t doubt that many or even most Zune owners are satisfied with what they have. Here’s my thing: Apple dove into the MP3 market when that market was already well on its way to maturity. The iPod quickly made a big splash, and iTunes has played no small part in helping the iPod acquire and maintain a 70% market share. Apple did not engage in illegal, monopolistic business practices in order to achieve this level of prominence; nor did Steve Jobs hypnotize buyers, steering them towards the iPod.
When the iPod was released in October of 2001, it succeeded during a major recession caused by the terrorist attacks of 9/11. If the current economic climate adversely affected the Zune and other consumer products, then it stands to reason that it also adversely affected iPod sales. Yet, Apple reported a growth in iPod sales for the most recent quarter, versus a 54% drop in Zune revenues. How much better would the iPod have faired this quarter without the deepening recession?
I believe that Microsoft and its investors need to re-evaluate the Zune with regard to how it affects other products, and how it affects shareholder interests. And they need to take this very seriously. If I’m a Microsoft competitor — and I don’t believe that Apple and Microsoft compete in the sense that they appeal to very different groups of customers — then I truly hope that Microsoft continues to throw money and other resources at the Zune. Let them and their investors learn the hard way. Again.
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