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

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Microsoft Launches Windows 8 OS Preview

Microsoft has launched the preview edition of its next consumer operating system (OS), Windows 8.

From today users of Windows 7 will be able totry out the “reimagined” software ahead of its full release. The company calls it the most significant redesign of the Windows interface since its groundbreaking Windows 95 OS. The system’s design draws heavily on the “Metro” interface utilised on the current Windows Phone platform. The Windows 8 developer preview launched late last year and has been downloaded more than three million times.

Windows president Steven Sinofsky said more than 100,000 changes had been made since the developer version went public. For the first time since its inception, the trademark Windows “Start” button will no longer appear – instead being replaced by a sliding panel-based menu.

The OS is Microsoft’s attempt at combining a shared look and feel for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers – mirroring similar approaches from key competitors Apple and Google. The slide interface is paired with a more traditional-looking Windows layout to allow familiar use of programs such as Excel and Word.

“Windows 8 is a generational change in the Windows operating system,” said Mr Sinofsky at the launch event, held at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. “Apps bring to life the operating system. The more apps you have, the better your experience.” A release date for the finished version of Windows 8 has not yet been announced.

Source: Digg

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