Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft Nightmares Are Starting To Take Hold

Steve Ballmer's Microsoft Nightmares Are Starting To Take HoldAlmost one year ago today, we laid out the nightmare scenario for Microsoft (MSFT) that could lead to its business collapsing. After laying it all out, we concluded, “Fortunately for Microsoft, none of this is going to happen.” We were wrong. Microsoft’s nightmare scenario is actually starting to take hold.

The iPad eats the consumer PC market.

In the third quarter of 2012, PC sales were down 8 percent on a year-over-year basis worldwide. A big chunk of the decline can be attributed to the rise of the iPad. Throw in Apple’s 4.9 million Macs, and it’s the top computer maker by a mile.

Windows 8 fails to stop the iPad.

Gulp. It’s still early, but every most data points say Windows 8 is not going to make a dent in the iPad. In Microsoft’s defense, it says it sold 40 million licenses, which it says is out pacing Windows 7. There’s a chance analysts are wrong.

Loyal developers start to leave the Microsoft platform.

So far, the early signs are actually positive for Microsoft. It has over 20,000 apps in its Windows app store. Windows 8 is only a month old. At the same time, Microsoft doesn’t have a Facebook app for the Surface, and one of the biggest complaints from reviewers was the lack of good apps for Windows 8.


Windows Phone gets no traction despite the Nokia deal and RIM’s collapse.

Despite everything Microsoft has tried in mobile for the last two years, consumers aren’t buying it. And the latest phone from Nokia is thick and heavy compared to phones from Apple and Samsung. We don’t expect it to be a blockbuster.

Microsoft suffers a huge quarterly loss. Ballmer retires to play golf.

Let’s not kid ourselves — it’s going to take a sudden, unexpected disaster at Microsoft to get Ballmer out of the company. In 2012, Microsoft had its first ever quarterly loss as a public company because it had to write down the $6.2 billion acquisition of aQuantive.

Given the latest happenings, do you think Microsoft can still pull through? Team Microsoft or Team Apple?

Source: Yahoo Finance

Image: Bald Celebrity

Apple Blocking Nexus Sales To Make Way For iPhone5?

As you might have heard, Apple is claiming that the new Nexus phone from Samsung and Google infringes on some of its copyrights. Specifically, the way that Google’s Jelly Bean OS displays search results on one screen, pulling the information in from multiple sources. Doesn’t make sense to me, either.

Samsung is fighting back of course, and asked the judge in the case to lift the ban on the sale of the Nexus in the U.S., but was rejected. The iPhone 5 will be coming out soon, and I have no doubt that it will once again reinvent the way we think about mobile phones, just like the first one did. After the next iteration of the phone comes from Apple, I’m sure that companies like Google and Samsung will again go to the old drawing board to come up with their next version.


I see this whole copyright case as nothing more than an expensive game of block-and-tackle, though. Apple gets to block the release of one of the best, if not the best, phone and OS combinations, and gets to release its next-gen version with a clear runway. It’s business, but it sucks for consumers. If the Nexus did catch on with some people, it would most definitely cause some disruption in Apple’s plans, which is what competition is all about. Instead, sending this all to a court for litigation limits everyone else’s opportunity to truly innovate.

If Apple wants to protect its IP, that’s fine, and that’s America. If Apple wants to be the best, it should just focus on making the best, and let the consumers decide.

Let the battle of the smartphones begin anew! Do you agree that the more Nexus is banned, the more people want to have it? Which brand do you prefer — Apple or Samsung?

Source: Digg

Image: Phillihp’s Tech Blog