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Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore 398

Posted by samzenpus
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First time accepted submitter Gumbercules!! writes "Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a 'Gang of Four' technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn't one of them. I wrote about why I believe he's wrong and what it might say about Google's weaknesses. From the article: 'It's no secret that Microsoft have utterly failed to make significant roads into the mobile market place. Windows Phone 7 has approximately no marketshare (ok they have live 5% or so) and this has actually gone down over the last year. It's also no secret that Microsoft have failed to gain any semblance of "cool" and that they're also managing to drag Nokia down with them. It's not even a secret that nearly everyone who looks at the new Windows 8 interface-formally-known-as-Metro doesn't like it. However this isn't the whole story.'"
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Why Eric Schmidt Is Wrong About Microsoft Not Mattering Anymore

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  • by rgbrenner (317308) on Thursday October 11, 2012 @05:42PM (#41624817)

    An article about how wrong he is.. but no link to his actual comments? Really?

    http://allthingsd.com/20121010/live-from-new-york-walt-mossberg-kara-swisher-interview-eric-schmidt/ [allthingsd.com]

    Schmidt: Something unusual has happened. All four companies are networks/platforms generating enormous scale effects. We’ve never had that before: Facebook, Amazon, Apple and Google. All different, all competitors, all making enormous investments.

    Swisher: You left out Microsoft:

    Schmidt: Deliberate. ...

    Mossberg: Why did you keep Microsoft out of the Gang of Four?

    Schmidt: They’re a well-run company, but they haven’t been able to bring state-of-the-art products into the fields we’re talking about yet.

    8:23 pm: Schmidt: The Android-Apple platform fight is the defining contest. Here’s why: Apple has thousands of developers building for it. Google’s platform, Android, is even larger. Four times more Android phones than Apple phones. 500 million phones already in use. Doing 1.3 million activations a day. We’ll be at 1 billion mobile devices in a year.

    Schmidt: We’ve not seen network platform fights at this scale. The beneficiary is you all, the customer, globally. “This is wonderful.”

    8:25 pm: Compare this to the PC industry. Phone user population is six billion, one billion smartphone users. Much bigger than the PC industry — maybe a billion, 1.5 billion installed.
    Every month, quarter, year, the growth rate of mobile adoption exceeds everyone’s expectations. The phones become so useful that “it’s good enough for normal people” in lieu of a PC, for day-to-day events. Years ago, “people like myself, we missed that.”

    1) It's Eric Schmidt. of course he's biased.

    and

    2) he didn't seem to be specifically talking about mobile. Facebook, Google+, etc.

    So it's laughable that 100m apple phones, or 500m android phones is a significant platform.. but the OS used on 95% of a billion PCs somehow is not.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 11, 2012 @08:32PM (#41626227)

    Has any Slashdot poster ever plugged a USB keyboard and mouse into a tablet? Has any Slashdot poster ever plugged a monitor into the HDMI port of a tablet?

    Never mind I forgot they are completely out of touch.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday October 11, 2012 @11:24PM (#41627133)

    Yeah and some where around a billion users..

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