10 Mobile, Cloud Products That Shake Microsoft to Its Foundations
Microsoft isn't as dominant as it once was. Back in the 1990s, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates was forced to justify his belief that his company wasn't a monopoly. It was a tough sell in those days. Microsoft's Windows platform was dominant; Office was everywhere; and all competing office produce suites had fallen by the wayside. It appeared that there would be no way for Microsoft to lose its position of power unless the courts or regulators imposed some action that broke up the company or forced it to divest some of its businesses, which in the end never happened. While Microsoft looked invulnerable in those days, today Microsoft faces more market challenges than ever. From software to the Web to hardware, Microsoft has lost its footing. The most popular computer products are highly mobile now and Microsoft doesn't dominate that market. As a result, Windows and Office are less relevant to device makers and buyers. A multitude of products are demonstrating just how vulnerable Microsoft has become in the current IT landscape. Here, eWEEK looks at the products that present the strongest threats to Microsoft.
Apple iPhone 5
Apple's iPhone 5 is major issue for Microsoft. The software giant has been trying for the last couple of years to regain lost share in the smartphone market. But because Apple iOS products are so popular, it's exceedingly difficult for Microsoft to catch up. Windows Phone 8 is a fine step forward, but the devices running it have no ability to match Apple's iPhone 5.