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I'd put the OS business somewhere between 'mature' and 'declining' on the corporate life graph.

If I was throwing investment money around I'd be spending it on robotics, private space access, interface design and biotech.

The core OS part is pretty much an irrelevance on PCs now, and doesn't have the feudal power that it had now that many people use the OS as a gateway to the web.

MS tried and failed to control that gateway, but Bill G was too slow to understand why it mattered, and without its monopoly MS is failing at almost everything it touches.

MS will carry on, zombie-like, for at least another decade, but it's closer to GM than it might think it is.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun Jul 18th, 2010 at 04:33:15 PM EST
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