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Does Microsoft Still Matter? 2013 Will Decide [readwrite.com]
2013 will be a make-or-break year for Microsoft. Not so much from a financial standpoint, but for how the company is perceived.
Traditionally, Microsoft has built itself around the PC, anchoring itself by its core operating systems: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8. But in the last few years, Microsoft's Server and Tools division has generated the highest revenue and profits in the company, followed by the traditional pillars of the company, Windows and Business Tools, or Office.
How will Microsoft fare in 2013? Financially and overall, just fine. But be on the lookout for softness in the company's traditional businesses as Microsoft evolves into a services company.
Microsoft Online: Bing, IE Gain Respectability
IE: MSFT only won the browser wars against netscape by tricking the masses to use IE and by people making websites at the time falling for the "made for IE" stupidity.
MS won because Netscape crashed all the time and more importantly couldn't display most of the web. MS created the dreaded quirks mode just to make the web function and people flocked to it because it was the only thing that worked reliably. Just like Word and Excel, MSIE simply worked more reliably, which is what the masses wanted, no headaches, just an appliance to view the web.
Sorry Bill, but that's just not true.
- Netscape didn't crash ever (at least not on any of the supported Unix OSes - I didn't use any windows at the time.
they're also the only browser maker not allowing their browser to be upgraded on still in use OSes
Word reliable ? Seriously ? Ever used word for a long document ?
Inept at best, IE is the worst browser on the planet
Have you even tried IE 10 on Windows 8
At least MSFT has do not track as the default.And by doing that MSFT broke the DNT compromise and gives cause to advertisers to ignore the compromise and track you anyway. They should never have done that if they wanted DNT to work. Moreover they knew this would happen so MSFT is breaking DNT intentionally - I'd not call that caring about your privacy.
So IE 10 is a good browser, several years too late.IE 10 is NOT a good browser for reasons I already said.
Chrome follows and watches everything you do.
Google is not known for upholding privacy.False. Google's privacy policies are published, well known, and understood. While there have been errors on their part, the only problem was people perceived them as spying when they were not. Google is the only company that publishes who requests personal data from them. If they were hiding anything, they wouldn't tell you. Their goal is search results and advertising, not you. They don't know or collect anything more about you than what every credit bureau already knows. Probably less. A credit bureau knows how much you make, where you live, where you work, who you're married to, etc. Unless you put that on the internet, Google wouldn't know that, but then everyone else would, too.