Henry Blodget of Business Insider on the problems Microsoft is currently facing, potentially leading to their collapse:
The world has changed radically in the past few years. The Internet has continued to free app-makers from dependency on Windows or any other desktop platform (and, thus, from dependency on Microsoft). Apple’s iPhone has revolutionized the mobile business, unleashing a whole new wave of personal computing devices. Apple’s iPad seems on its way to supplanting the low-end PC business
Importantly, none of these trends depend in any way on Microsoft’s original monopoly and cash cow, Windows. None of these trends generate so much as a dollar of revenue or profit for Microsoft. (Microsoft is nowhere in mobile. Or tablets. And it is reasonable to think that, in these two huge growth businesses, nowhere is where Microsoft will always be).
Google and Apple are revolutionizing the computing industry, taking away our reliance on Microsoft as the gatekeeper to the PC. The internet has allowed both of these companies to prosper, causing a transformation right before our very eyes. Microsoft, largely monolithic and nowhere near as nimble as their competition, has been unable to adapt to changing times and may suffer the ultimate consequences – irrelevance.
It was a good run Microsoft. Time for watch turnover – the changing of the guard if you will – to a company better equipped to handle the future of personal computing.