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Microsoft scares me

A very thought provoking article,  following is worth reading and will seriously force you to think and say 'HMMMMMMMMmmmmmmmmmmmmm'

Microsoft scares me. When I look at what’s in .NET, and I look at what’s going on in Vista, and I look at the overall platform strategy that Microsoft is embarked upon, I see three things: long-term planning, coordinated action, and fundamental innovation.

When I look at the valley, I see a lot of innovation. But it’s surface innovation instead of deep innovation. To dramatically overstate the case: we’re focusing on building better event calendars and better blog aggregators. And on bringing the same functionality, slightly tailored, to all the nooks and crannies of the long tail.

Microsoft is focused on changing the game entirely.

I also see a lot of bright people in the valley swarming after the same things. And that’s really dangerous. because we’re taking a generation of entrepreneurs and technologists and training them in the art of short-term thinking (when a swarm of people are pursuing the same goal, there’s going to be a lot of small releases and jockeying for incidental advantages. Which means customer-driven and surface innovation, not deep innovation).

And I see a lot of people repurposing the same ideas, with minor variations, in order to address slightly different markets with slightly different demographics and needs.

Maybe I’m a little too skeptical, but does anyone really think this is the way to build lasting companies and lasting value? I look at what we’re doing right now, and I don’t think we’re laying much groundwork for the future at all.

Published Thursday, February 9, 2006 2:39 PM by fakeGeek

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