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Most significantly, Microsoft waived the white flag on social media when it pulled the plug on Windows Live Journal, dumping the blogging platform’s users onto the open source WordPress system.

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Microsoft’s defenders, and Microsoft itself, point to the company’s lock on the PC operating system market (more than 90%) as proof it’s still a dominant player that controls a bunker from which it can generate piles of cash and withstand reversals in other segments.

But that’s just whistling past the graveyard, spouting a tune written from backward-looking data not particularly useful for gauging the impact that hugely disruptive new products like tablets and smartphones and even tablet-smartphone hybrids are about to have on Microsoft’s place in IT.

Paul McDougall, “Microsoft Looking Like An End-Stage Company”, InformationWeek
October 30, 2010 04:00 AM

No, I didn’t forget about “waived” in the first sentence.  It’s just that . . . I mean . . . holy cow!

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