03-15-2018 08:03 AM
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  1. Raghunath Waltz's Avatar
    Hi guys!
    It is not a new thing but an obvious one to be asked about Microsoft's competitive space.

    Be it Windows phone, Xbox, Laptop, Desktop, Softwares and many other things of Windows platform, Microsoft has always had a tough fight to register in the consumer space (or precisely "Enterprise space"). While sometimes it had an edge over its competitors, many times it had to go through hardships.

    Sony, Google (both Android and Chrome), Apple (iPhone, iPad, iMac and all sorts of 'i' {how selfish}),
    Amazon and all others gave Microsoft the hell of times. Against all these odds MS is steadily marching towards a steady future.

    But who fought viciously against Microsoft the most?
    Whom to give the top spot
    03-06-2018 11:39 AM
  2. kaktus1389's Avatar
    Overall I'd say Apple as if we're honest Bill Gates stole the idea for GUI from Steve Jobs and they burried old Windows Mobile platform with the iPhone.
    03-06-2018 03:40 PM
  3. gourav mopidevi's Avatar
    Microsoft it self.
    03-10-2018 12:09 PM
  4. Mattemt294's Avatar
    I would say apple is the biggest competitor. I think this is more of a cultural issue though. apple successfully marketed themselves as the cool and trendy product along with being simple. that appeals to those who aren't as enthusiastic about tech and what it can do. if more people were interested in learning new things and exploring features then Microsoft wouldn't struggle as much against them.
    03-10-2018 12:11 PM
  5. Willie Swart's Avatar
    03-10-2018 12:40 PM
  6. Bob Hanson's Avatar
    Amazon in the cloud
    03-10-2018 12:55 PM
  7. aerosidinc's Avatar
    since Microsoft is becoming next IBM, I would say IBM is the biggest rival.
    AndyCalling likes this.
    03-10-2018 01:42 PM
  8. Manus Imperceptus's Avatar
    Alphabet/Google. Certainly not Apple; a company that insists on keeping the hardware aspect in-house will never be able to reign supreme. Simple monopoly law will keep them from it, if nothing else. But the sheer price level will keep Apple from gaining much more traction, and the lowest common denominator, for lack of a better word, will keep Windows and Office ahead.

    Google's OS and office programs/apps is a different story. As has been mentioned many times on WC, if you can get into the heads of the school generation, as the go-to system for work, you could have them cornered for life! The thing is, Google is only really making it's presence felt in the US, and unlike what MS seems to think, the US is not the life and the death of the party; there are about 5 billion of the rest of us, and at least 2 of those have money to spare!
    03-10-2018 01:44 PM
  9. naddy6969's Avatar
    Mobile. The whole world has gone mobile computing, and Microsoft has nothing to offer in this space. Yet another Windows 10 tablet (Now With LTE!) is not going to change anything.
    03-10-2018 02:05 PM
  10. Cbarnhorst's Avatar
    03-10-2018 04:20 PM
  11. bobsentell's Avatar
    From a straight up competitor aspect, I'd say Google. More of Google's businesses overlap Microsoft's than Apple. But you could argue Amazon and Oracle are more dangerous to Microsoft.
    03-10-2018 05:23 PM
  12. garak0410's Avatar
    I'd say Google from my own experience. At one time, I was all in with Microsoft at the height of Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1. Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Media Center, Zune/XBOX Music/Groove. With the demise of Windows Phone and Windows Media Center, I've moved on to a Google Heavy ecosystem (Pixel Phones, Pixelbook, Google Home (Mini/Home/Max), YouTube Red, YouTube TV, Google Music, Google Drive.)

    I still use my main Windows machine for File/Media Serving, PLEX and gaming. I also have a Surface Book and actively use Office 365. And at work, we are a Microsoft Shop.

    I've embraced and am enjoying the Google Ecosystem. I'd say Google is a big threat to Microsoft.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-10-2018 06:58 PM
  13. BanditoTR's Avatar
    Dude they have a lot of rivals because that company is too diverse.

    They have a rival with Google and Apple due to mobile OS (which they don't have).

    Then there's Sony with their gaming section

    Google with the ads/ search revenue vs Bing. People forget Bing while having a small piece of the pie it is still the second biggest search provider by a lot. Bing ads is big too.

    Cloud well their biggest one would be Amazon.

    Business wise IBM and Oracle are their biggest rivals. Those two companies are seldom talked about here but they have a huge piece of the pie and they spend a lot of money on research that could go against Microsoft in the future.

    In AI Google has a huge advantage vs Microsoft 's product. Not as much as people think though

    Their biggest rivals in computers OS would be Apple with the Macs but the rivalry here is a joke at best.
    03-10-2018 08:49 PM
  14. BanditoTR's Avatar
    "stole" lol.

    That meme has to die. All he supposedly stole was the design of the trash bin. Also Windows GUI at the time worked just better than Apple's version.
    03-10-2018 08:51 PM
  15. R0bR's Avatar
    I would say since Azure is Microsoft's most profitable by a long shot and losing out in the cloud would cause the biggest impact, Amazon is their biggest rival by far.

    BTW, Steve Jobs stole the GUI and mouse from Xerox.
    03-10-2018 11:51 PM
  16. ButchTheGreat's Avatar
    I would agree with most, in that it depends on which part of the company offerings you are looking at.

    For cloud it is definitely Amazon, in the UK most companies I have worked for either choose one or the other.

    For desktop productivity I would say Google.

    For console gaming it would be Sony

    Their biggest issue is having no proper mobile platform. I was forced to move to Android having been a happy Windows Phone user and as devices get more powerful people are using their mobiles more and more for productivity. With the market share of Google this should be a serious concern for them.

    For their office packages I would say the only competition would be again, Google.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    03-11-2018 12:24 AM
  17. Akram Eleyan's Avatar
    There is no single company is competing with Microsoft, Microsoft is large Tech Firm with many services and business portfolios under its sleeves. So to simplify it this way:
    1) Hardware, Apple.
    2) Desktop/Laptop operating systems. Linux and Apple.
    3) Cloud Services. Amazon.
    4) Desktop apps. Linux.
    5) Mobile apps: Apple and Google.
    6) Enterprise services. It is all over the place, Oracle, IBM, DELL, HP ... etc.
    7) Mobile. MS is out of the space as of now.
    xandros9 likes this.
    03-11-2018 05:01 AM
  18. asteng88's Avatar
    Totally agree. They can be their own worst enemy. Love the products though...a lot
    colinkiama likes this.
    03-11-2018 12:03 PM
  19. Finn Shadow's Avatar
    Unix-based operating systems. Their much better then windows-like operating systems. Apple uses unix for it's operating systems (BSD). Google uses Linux for it's operating systems. Microsoft is almost the only major company not to use Unix. So, they will fall.
    03-11-2018 01:29 PM
  20. TRON0314's Avatar

    All they do is shoot themselves in the foot. Come out with something great and half-baked. Let everyone else leap frog them.
    03-11-2018 08:34 PM
  21. realwarder's Avatar
    Unix-based operating systems. Their much better then windows-like operating systems. Apple uses unix for it's operating systems (BSD). Google uses Linux for it's operating systems. Microsoft is almost the only major company not to use Unix. So, they will fall.
    Actually, in Azure Microsoft and it's customers uses Linux more than Windows. On the desktop, Windows rightly remains the best OS to use. And let's not forget that Google are writing a non-Linux based OS at the moment... so who knows where 85% of mobile will go.
    03-11-2018 09:06 PM
  22. realwarder's Avatar
    My answer is Google. They already beat Microsoft in mobile and search. They challenge across more areas - business and consumer with Chromebooks, Android, Google Search, Google Apps, Chrome browser, Cloud services etc. The only thing Google doesn't have is a game console, but in every other area Microsoft is involved in, Google are very strong if not dominant. Globally they own the mobile market. They are attacking Windows by going after education. They have their plan for world domination in place. Curious to see how the market looks in 10 years.

    And sure, Apple and Amazon exist, but Apple are too expensive to take say the desktop market. Amazon have cloud services but not much else Microsoft do. So it's Google who are Microsoft's biggest threat.
    03-11-2018 09:16 PM
  23. Asbmor's Avatar
    I would agree with it being Google. I was almost all in with Microsoft acouple of years agoe. Phone, laptop, desktop, game consoll, cloud services. The only thing I couldent get away from was Google Chrome. The features of Edge wasent and still isent capable of taking on my work. The lack of WebSQL, LocalStorage and WebSocket is only there for Edge, Safari, firefox and Chrome all support this but not Edge.
    I am trying to keep as much Microsoft as possible, recently changed to Bing ower Google for web search and I have no reason to go back. I miss Windows Mobile, especially Continuum. I honestly belive Windows Mobile could have carved a notch in the marked with bether hardware. It would never out sell iOS ore Android, but I think it would have been important for Microsoft to show commitment and ability to re-think and give alternativs.
    03-12-2018 02:04 AM
  24. Urbautz's Avatar
    I don't think it's apple. It will be google (i hope they fail) or Amazon.
    03-12-2018 04:23 AM
  25. AndyCalling's Avatar
    The odd thing is, MS seems to believe their main target to get rid of is the consumers. Bit strange, but it seems that MS is in the main competing against consumers in some way? Can't understand the reasoning but...
    jeffchapik likes this.
    03-12-2018 11:15 AM
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