Are Microsoft's Best Days Behind It?By Lawrence Walsh | Print
Microsoft remains the world's largest and most successful software company. But the company that Bill Gates built is increasingly falling out of conversations and there are troubling signs that its losing relevancy. Will Microsoft remain at the top of the IT mountain?
Are Microsoft's best days behind it? Is Windows 7 the last gasp of a dying dynasty? Will the day come when Microsoft isn't among the pantheon of IT vendors?
It's strange and almost silly to think of putting Microsoft on a death watch, but chatter is increasingly rising about the steady decline and dimming future for the world's largest and most successful software company. Just a couple of years ago Microsoft seemed an invincible force, yet an increasing number of pundits and solution providers are watching Microsoft with a distant eye to a glorious past rather than the promise of a bright future.
Over the past week, I've had a few conversations with solution providers about the top vendors and where they'll line up in 2010. While none is taking Microsoft out of contention, the company doesn't pass their lips when they rattle off their top five. Top of mind awareness is owned by Cisco, HP, IBM, EMC, VMware and Google. Microsoft is a passive consideration.