Posts Tagged microsoft

Steve Jobs & Larry Ellison: The Line in the Sand

Legend has it that when Steve Jobs was about to make his return to Apple, that he met up with his good friend, Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle.  At that time, Microsoft was the dominant tech powerhouse and Apple was on the brink of bankruptcy.  Both Oracle and Apple viewed Microsoft as a formidable adversary. […]

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Which Microsoft Monopoly Will Fall First?

Microsoft has several products that are monopolies and hold dominant market share positions: Windows Office Internet Explorer As the Microsoft Empire continues to march on we are beginning to see the chinks in the armor. In the past we have written about The Downfall Of The Microsoft Empire. As we begin seeing increased competition, let […]

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Social Network Valuation

With thousands upon thousands of social networks already launched, and more coming in the ongoing social network wars what are reasonable valuations? Is this irrational exuberance? Will the companies that buy them ever make their money back? MySpace was acquired by News Corp for $580m in July 2005. Facebook sold 1.6% of its shares to […]

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Microsoft Is Their Own Downfall

I wrote a while back about the Downfall of the Microsoft Empire. In that article I wrote about all Microsoft’s competitors and how they were attacking Microsoft on all fronts. I digress, with today’s news that Microsoft made a $44.6B offer to buyout Yahoo, Microsoft may be the downfall of their own empire. That is […]

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The Impact of Bandwidth Costs

Bandwidth costs greatly impact profit margins of organizations that deliver enormous amounts of data. Several products and services that are immediately impacted by bandwidth costs are:

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Reduce Platform Switching Barriers

The computing platform is what matters. It’s one thing if you’re the big fish with THE platform. But what do you do when you’re the small fish, your competitor already owns the dominant platform, and has millions of customers? How do you switch customers to your platform? Answer: Reduce the platform switching barriers. However, it […]

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Apple’s Strategy is to Partner with Leaders

People seem to think Apple is a big, risk-taking company. That is true, but the risks they take are calculated ones. The switch from IBM PowerPC to Intel x86 chips was a big risk at the time — given the possibility of alienating Apple’s customer base. The risks to branch out their product line from […]

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The Downfall of the Microsoft Empire

Microsoft is seeing a monumental, momentum shift. Never before has Microsoft seemed so vulnerable. It is being attacked on all fronts by huge, game-changers. Is this a repeat of computing history? Microsoft changed the scene when they licensed MS-DOS and later Windows to IBM — which was the dominant force, at the time. In those […]

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The Resiliency of Online Advertising

The online advertising market is now finally mature. When the Internet and Web first rose to prominence in the Great Dot-com Bubble of 1995-2001, advertising was everywhere! Even annoyingly so, with pop-ups, advertising bars, etc. Have we returned to the same advertising “irrational exuberance” just 7 years later? Will the advertising market stay or will […]

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OpenSocial – Social Unification

Google laid the hammer down by announcing OpenSocial. For those out there that thought that Facebook was the next big thing and would lead to Google’s eventual downfall, think again. Google has done it again by strategically abstracting themselves from the social network wars.

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