Last year, we concluded by saying, “Fortunately for Microsoft,
none of this is going to happen. Windows 8 will reassert the
dominance of the Windows PC. Office and other business products
will remain corporate necessities, and developers will never be
able to ignore Microsoft. Windows Phone will become a viable third
mobile platform, the Xbox will continue to dominate the living
room, and new products will surprise the pundits who thought
Microsoft couldn’t innovate. Even Bing will finally make a profit
This year, it’s a lot harder to say much of that. Windows 8
doesn’t seem to be reasserting the dominance of the PC. Windows
Phone is not a viable third platform. Bing is still burning money.
The Microsoft nightmare scenario is actually becoming a reality.
In a nut, Microsoft is losing relevance. That’s deadly.