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 … Continue reading “Microsoft Is Their Own Downfall”

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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 not only a massive premium over the existing market value of Yahoo, but a futile attempt against Google. According to Compete.com, Microsoft is basically saying that each Yahoo customer is worth $1200. How long do you think it would take to recoup $1200 per customer on search advertisements? Exactly. And do you think that with a merger the customers are going to stay loyal to Microsoft or Yahoo Search? Continue reading “Microsoft Is Their Own Downfall”

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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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: Continue reading “The Impact of Bandwidth Costs”

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 … Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

Platform Edge

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 may be more difficult than you think. I find it difficult enough to switch phone carriers. Maybe not, necessarily, for myself, but I find it difficult to get all my friends to switch with me. The benefit of a platform is exclusive lock-in. The benefit of getting your friends on the same phone carrier is free mobile-to-mobile chatting. Can you convince all them to switch again and again? Continue reading “Reduce Platform Switching Barriers”

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 … Continue reading “Apple’s Strategy is to Partner with Leaders”

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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 the Macintosh to the iPod, iPhone, and AppleTV were big changes. But even though these were game-changers, they still fit within Apple’s core competencies. So, while Apple takes some big risks in some areas it is also conservative in others. Continue reading “Apple’s Strategy is to Partner with Leaders”

Google Worth More Than Rest of The Big Web Combined!

Google’s market capitalization makes it worth more than the rest of the Big Web combined! Here are some rough calculations and ball-park figures:

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Google’s market capitalization makes it worth more than the rest of the Big Web combined! Here are some rough calculations and ball-park figures: Continue reading “Google Worth More Than Rest of The Big Web Combined!”

The Platform Is What Matters

Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch.

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Today, Steve Jobs mentioned that the Apple iPhone will finally opening up for third-party application development in February 2008. Apple will provide a iPhone Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to create applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Continue reading “The Platform Is What Matters”

10 Things on My Google Wish List

Google is an amazing company. I have written quite extensively on the merits of their technologies and platforms. However, as with every corporation, there are improvements that can be made to their product line.

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Google is an amazing company. I have written quite extensively on the merits of their technologies and platforms. However, as with every corporation, there are improvements that can be made to their product line. Continue reading “10 Things on My Google Wish List”

What Happens When a Social Graph is Compromised?

Credit: Visual Complexity. Ever had your MySpace or e-mail account hijacked? Recently, Gmail experienced a cross-scripting vulnerability. Luckily, Google was able to patch it quickly, and so far there are no reported cases of people losing information. Getting your e-mail hacked is becoming a major issue. Hackers do not usually care to just read your … Continue reading “What Happens When a Social Graph is Compromised?”

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Ever had your MySpace or e-mail account hijacked? Recently, Gmail experienced a cross-scripting vulnerability. Luckily, Google was able to patch it quickly, and so far there are no reported cases of people losing information. Getting your e-mail hacked is becoming a major issue. Hackers do not usually care to just read your latest gossip. Instead, as with most things, they “follow the money.” Often, your e-mails contain passwords to other accounts, such as your checking or savings account. So choose your e-mail provider carefully. (Think of e-mail as an entry point which provides access to all your other accounts). Continue reading “What Happens When a Social Graph is Compromised?”