- 03-15-2013, 06:09 AM #1
I love Microsoft and all it's services (as a matter of fact: they're helping me make a game for Windows 8! Awesome guys.), and I think competition is good for the industry, but sometimes, I get this eerie feeling that Microsoft's big nemesis, Google, is just too powerful. It really feels like David vs. Goliath. Everyone uses Google Search. Everyone uses Google Maps. Everyone uses Google Drive. Everyone has an Android. Everyone wants Google Glasses. Everyone wants a Google-driven car. Everyone wants to take the Google elevator to space.
I think stiff competition forces players to innovate to compete, but every time Microsoft tries something (for example, Bing's birdview), Google just does something similair with seemingly no effort at all. How the **** do we ever get a healthy innovation-war if Google is always a step ahead? I really fear for a big Google-monopoly in about 5 to 10 years, with Microsoft and Apple lagging behind (or even bankrupting?). Does anyone have soothing words of comfort?
03-15-2013, 06:54 AM #2
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Not sure how old you are but that was MS in the 90s, back in the "dark days" of Apple and MS was the 800lb., extremely abusive and lying gorilla.
MS isn't going anywhere. They've had to pick themselves up by the bootstraps after lagging for years with the mobile, portable and consumer desktop markets.
Yes, Google has become a bunch of sellouts. Android is the cheap, consumer driven buggy garbage that Windows was in the 90s (Remember WindowsME? Win98? even Vista?).
Now Apple has become a bully just like MS of years ago.
The sad problem is the model of business, the "paradigm," something that goes back to the Queen of England and her Limited Liability, for-profit, business ventures with shipping and trade; Corporations exist for profit. They are given the privileges and protections of citizens, yet have no terminal lifespan of 113 or so years like an ordinary human being. The boards of corporations have a legal obligation to remove officers who interfere with the profitability of the corporation.
I suggest you read Bucky Fuller's ~1980 work Critical Path and/or the shorter Grunch of Giants for the best possible understanding of the entire world. Bucky even called for wars in Iraq and Afghanistan in 1980. He envisioned the green energy grid, WikiPedia and so many of the modern concerns. He was truly ahead of his time and his understanding of the nature of corporations really puts it in perspective for the common person. Critical Path should be required reading for just about everyone in the US, especially our Congress Critters.
- 03-15-2013, 08:12 AM #3
I'm not from the US, but I'll still look it up, thanks :) I'm 21 years old, so I kinda grew up with Microsoft. My first computer was a PC, my first game I played on the same machine, my first browser was Internet Explorer, my first mailing client was Hotmail, etcetera. It's kind of weird to see your friends, who had the same history with MS, alienate the company that helped them grow up in the digital world. Suddenly everyone ditches and hates Microsoft, and it's all about Google.
03-15-2013, 03:36 PM #4
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How its all about Google?
Maybe the Search Engine but all the rest ?
Android is buggy and iOS beats the crap out of it, Hotmail (Now Outlook) stills more popular than Gmail according to real stats not Google because they use people who log into Youtube as Gmail users, thats BS i dont use Gmail neither most of my Friends but we are forced to use Gmail on Youtube. Google Plus is a Ghost Town and Facebook is winning over Google big time.
Google Docs or Google Drive... Oh Well, nobody uses, nobody cares... they are dropping several services and oh well they got maps but who the **** cares about maps anyway ? i surely dont. Their Music Service wich should beat iTunes became another Ghost Town that nobody knows.
So they got good maps but not nearly as good as bing maps or nokia maps according to reviews i saw, they got a good mail service but that steals your information and they got nothing else except their Search Engine and their buggy Mobile OS.
i dont see Google going top, Chromebooks are horrible and their Tablets efforts are lackluster, Ipad is destroying them.
03-15-2013, 03:47 PM #5
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Collecting/hacking phones is a hobby of mine, and of every mobile operating system I've ever used, ios is pretty damn low on my list of good-****. I've had Java j2me dumbphones that are better than ios. The only thing worse than ios, is blackberry.
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- 03-15-2013, 04:16 PM #6
There's a great article on SeekingAlpha about android and Google, its about how Microsoft are in a much better position than Google are.
I haven't got the link but I'm sure someone will post it.
- 03-16-2013, 11:20 AM #11
True innovation really only occurs when an upstart is trying to upset the norm. Apple was very innovative while their sociopathic cult leader was still around, but once they reached the top position, they kind of stopped. MS already went through this cycle (as was mentioned), and now that they're so far behind in mobile that they've had to make some major changes to climb back up again, and they have the resources to do it if they play their cards right. Nokia is actually kicking butt on the innovation front right now, so I'm really hoping they will spark something in MS so they keep up the momentum.
Apple & MS aren't going anywhere anytime soon. Too big to fail :)
- 03-16-2013, 12:58 PM #13
That right there is why MS and Apple aren't going anywhere and you don't have to worry about a Google takeover of the whole market. People are always going to want choices so they can pick the best thing to suit their needs.
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- 03-17-2013, 01:12 AM #18
Carrier and manufacturer customisations are Android's problem, not the user's problem.
- 03-17-2013, 05:56 AM #22
i don't want anyone to call me a fanboy but...
Google VS Bing?
Chrome VS IE?
Gmail VS Outlook?
Android VS WP?
Android VS Windows RT?
Google beats MS in every battlefield over here and don't tell me Outlook is better you should switch...blah blah. IE 10 is better you should switch... blah blah blah.. i personally love being in Google ecosystem we got everything we need when i use android (except damn laggy and buggy) i got access to everything i need youtube app facebook app gmail google maps(nokia maps is great but just a p.o.s in my country) google plus(who said google plus is a ghost town? a lot of people use it like me and i found my self spending time on G+ more than facebook.) and best of all i just need one account to access everything.
I don't care about Google and MS war but it MS's responsibility to make their OS better? Google block microsoft from develop youtube app. so what? it's microsoft job to make it happen. do whatever you can just make a damn youtube app. i presume everyone here know Scoogle right? that is karma.
anyway still love my 920 :)
- 03-17-2013, 07:28 AM #24
And it really isn't Microsoft's fault they don't have a proper YouTube app, their hands are tied. Come on, if they would be able, they'd have made an awesome YouTube app ages ago.
But anyway, this topic wasn't intended to be a Android vs WP topic, but rather a topic about how Microsoft can compete with Google on a global scale.
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