1. Windows Vista Is Still A FactorWhether Microsoft likes it or not, the corporate world still looks back at the days of Windows Vista and worries that they're coming back. It's why there is still an inordinate number of Windows XP boxes in the wild. It's also why Microsoft's standing in the OS market isn't as great as it used to be. Until Microsoft can overcome Vista, it will never be the same in the OS space.
Microsoft is one of the few companies in the technology industry that has been able to dominate the respective market it competes in for decades. For as long as many folks can remember, Windows has reigned supreme, Office has been the go-to productivity software, and Internet Explorer has been the way many people get to the Internet. To say that Microsoft's products are integral to the experience of using technology today would be an understatement. But that doesn't mean that things are necessarily going well at Microsoft righ tnow. The software giant has lost its way in the mobile market, and it's not a threat to Google in the least. In the tablet market, its lack of a presence is troubling. Simply put, things in Redmond aren't as great as the company, and its CEO, Steve Ballmer, want the world to think. Here's a look at the many troubles that Microsoft currently faces as it attempts to compete against Apple, Google, and others.
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.
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