Hugh Winkler holding forth on computing and the Web

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Microsoft is Dead

Ha! I've been telling people Microsoft has become irrelevant. And now Paul Graham crystallizes the thought. Especially rich:
...I'm now surprised when I come across a computer running Windows. Nearly all the people we fund at Y Combinator use Apple laptops. It was the same in the audience at startup school. All the computer people use Macs or Linux now. Windows is for grandmas, like Macs used to be in the 90s. So not only does the desktop no longer matter, no one who cares about computers uses Microsoft's anyway.

An irascible colleague at a large software company used to say, "Hugh, you have to understand: XYZ isn't really a software company. It's an old folks home for software." XYZ had the same problem PG describes:
Microsoft's biggest weakness is that they still don't realize how much they suck. They still think they can write software in house. Maybe they can, by the standards of the desktop world. But that world ended a few years ago.

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