10 Reasons Microsoft Matters More Than Ever

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    Don Reisinger

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. Windows, Windows, WindowsIf there is any product that proves Microsoft matters quite a bit in today's tech space, it's Windows. The operating system is by far the most dominant platform around the world. And according to Microsoft, its latest release, Windows 7, is performing exceedingly well. As long as Windows continues to perform well, Microsoft will maintain its level of importance.
Nearly everywhere you turn, you'll find people saying that Microsoft's best days are behind them. The critics reason that since Microsoft isn't as dominant as it once was, and it has been facing an inordinate amount of pressure from Google and Apple, the company could very well be losing its significance in the marketplace. Whereas Microsoft was once a triple-A company, they say, it's now given up that spot to its two top competitors. But those claims that Microsoft doesn't matter any longer have been greatly exaggerated, to say the least. The software giant might not be as dominant as it once was, but for both consumers and enterprise users, Microsoft still matters a lot. That's not going to change. Critics can say what they like about Microsoft and the decisions its management has made, but in the end, the company might matter more today than it ever has when one considers the many things that are going on in today's marketplace. Here's why.
This article was originally published on 2011-07-15
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.