Additional comments can be read at my personal blog at http://gwbliss.blogspot.com
Mitchell Ashley, CEO of Converging Network, LLC blogs for NetworkWorld. And this morning he let loose with more fuel to the blazing fire that was lit last week in Las Vegas at the Gartner Symposium.
Michael Silver and Neil MacDonald presented, what Mitchell calls, a whopper of statement.
The title of their presentation was:
"Windows is Collapsing: How What Comes Next Will Improve."
Yep, that is pretty damning for anyone to say, and shocking for it to be said about Microsoft.
Now, the press, smelling blood in the water, is generating headlines that scream out like tabloid news stories.
ComputerWorld - Researchers damn Windows in current form, urge radical changes.
NetworkWorld - Comet strikes Microsoft in 2011
InfoWorld - Windows is falling -- run for your lives!
Portal IT - Gartner Slaps Microsoft
National Enquirer - Steve Balmer is carrying my alien baby
(Oops! I don't think this one is for real)
A few years ago you would have been hard pressed to find any press or analyst to say negative comments about Microsoft and especially not to put them in print. But the world has changed dramatically and Microsoft is feeling the heat for being the dominant player for so long.
This isn't just sour grapes or people jumping on a statement. This is true, damaging reports of legitimate press that will have a very powerful impact on executives and decision makers looking to invest in their IT future.
Who, in their right mind, would stand up in a meeting and confidently proclaim that Microsoft Windows is the corporate strategy for the next 3 to 5 years? That all the corporate resources are being moved to an All Microsoft shop?
It happens, but when it does, it will become increasingly more difficult for those people to justify their position when the press, analysts, and the market itself is saying the opposite.
I discuss more in depth on my personal blog how Novell can take advantage of this new shift in the market.
You can find it at http://gwbliss.blogspot.com
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