Microsoft suffers worst fiscal year ever while Apple rises
You know, it’s funny… at first, I was very happy to read this news:
As you all know, I hate Microsoft more than almost any other corporation on this planet, due to their consistent abuses against all of humanity.
But then I realized that it’s important for Microsoft to remain an active player in the technology industry so that they can prevent Apple from resting on its laurels. As you will see from my next post on the dozens of problems with the iPhone, Apple has a tendency to completely rest on its laurels when it has no competition. So I’d actually like to see Microsoft try to step it up a notch and try to do something competitive against Apple.
When Apple is left unchecked, they pay no attention to details, they care very little about their customers’ feedback, they are downright hostile to their very own developers, they practice censorship including censoring dictionaries, and they have a long history of not patching security vulnerabilities until security researchers threaten to publicly disclose the vulnerabilities.
One thing you can say about Microsoft is at least they give you tons of options and features in their programs, because it seems like they have no capacity to say “No” to anybody’s ideas when it comes to designing a product. I still use Microsoft Entourage as my daily email program, because it has dozens of important features that Apple Mail doesn’t have. Apple hasn’t cared to make any serious improvements to Apple Mail in years — it doesn’t even have a “send later” button in it.
But outside of Microsoft Entourage, Microsoft’s entire business model is based on building poor-quality products, so as a result, Microsoft has failed to effectively compete against the iPod, the iPhone, Mac OS X, iLife ’09, iWork ’09, Intel-based Macs, the Apple Retail Stores, Apple’s customer service, and Apple’s marketing campaign. It’s about time that people are waking up to the fact that Microsoft is literally selling you the emperor’s new clothes.
But for chrissake, we need Microsoft to keep trying to sell snake oil, or else Apple will not keep improving. Apple is already showing dramatic signs of resting on their laurels… to be continued in my next post on the iPhone.