News Analysis: Microsoft had an interesting decade. The company made some mistakes, but it also did some things right that helped it maintain its position as one of the world's largest software companies and a top influencer in the global IT industry. We take a look at those 10 things Microsoft did right over the past 10 years.
made some mistakes over the past 10 years
that adversely affected the
company's position in the industry, the software giant has also done a lot of
things right. Over the past 10 years, Microsoft has been able to maintain its
position as the dominant software developer in the world. It has also stayed
relevant both in the consumer space and the enterprise. That's a feat that few
companies have been able to achieve.
Perhaps that's why discussions surrounding Microsoft and Windows are so
heated today. Although many like to rail against Redmond,
it keeps coming back stronger. With each bit of adversity, it seems that
somehow, in some way, Microsoft is able to overcome the problem and offer
something to customers that appeals to their desire. Of course, it hasn't
succeeded every time. And the past decade has shown that Microsoft needs to be
more diligent in its decision making. But the company has also done a number of
things right that it can use as a foundation for all the future decisions it
will make. Let's take a look.
1. Windows 7
Windows Vista was a nightmare for Microsoft. Consumers hated it. The
enterprise wouldn't even adopt it. And vendors, once the partners that did
Microsoft's bidding, were forced to offer downgrade rights to customers that
wanted to run Windows XP. Microsoft knew it had to do something to repair the
damage that Vista caused, so it quickly released Windows
latest operating system is everything Windows Vista should have been.
innovative. It's far more secure than previous versions of the operating system.
And it appeals to customers. It's a great comeback product.
2. The move to Bing
Microsoft was in deep trouble toward the latter part of the decade. Although
it commanded the software market, Google was cornering the search space without
any worry of competition. Microsoft's Live Search was largely inconsequential.
But rather than wave the white flag, Microsoft released Bing. Microsoft's
latest search tool is outstanding.
Its results match Google's search
results. And thanks to some extras, like a visual search feature, it's a fine
alternative to anything Google is offering up.
3. Get in on the gaming
When Microsoft first announced that it would break into the gaming space,
some wondered if it could make it. As 2009 gives way to 2010, that question has
been answered with a resounding affirmation that yes, indeed, Microsoft can
take the gaming industry by storm. Over the past decade, Microsoft has turned
its Xbox platform from the "other" console on the market into a
The Xbox 360 is now even more popular than Sony's
PlayStation 3. That's no small feat. And it should be commended.
4. The enterprise focus
As Apple and Google turned to the consumer over the past decade, Microsoft
stayed true to its base-the enterprise. Windows is still the dominant force in
the business world. Microsoft has so firmly cemented its position there that
most companies wouldn't even consider deploying any other software. Going
forward, Microsoft has almost ensured that the enterprise will be its