Is Microsoft Still a Monopoly?: Here’s a really interesting article postulating that Microsoft, well, sucks. Well, maybe not that harshly, but the article argues that Microsoft isn’t a monopoly anymore, and goes on to point out many areas where Microsoft isn’t even close to the top of the game.
But in many other areas, including Web servers and supercomputing, Microsoft is just one player among many, and often a weak player at that. On the gaming side, despite the latest xBox getting all kinds of media buzz as “the” console to buy, Sony’s Playstation outsells the xBox at least two to one, and many analysts expect Sony to widen that gap even more when Playstation 3 comes out in the Spring of 2006. On the Internet, MSN and MSN Search are so far behind AOL and Google that it isn’t funny.
It’s pretty convincing. I’m now convinced more than ever that Microsoft sucks. (Sorry, that was cheap.)
I’ve said this before, however, and I’ll say it again: as Google and Apple start to dominate their chosen areas more and more, they will become the new evil. Microsoft will become one head of a hydra of companies people enjoy calling “evil.” They will need to share the top of the crapheap pretty soon.