As someone who develops with the Microsoft tool chain – particularly with .Net – the signs from Microsoft recently haven’t been overly encouraging recently. And that worries me – I’ve been developing using the Microsoft stack for 18 years and if they disappear, so does my career. But the writing’s looking to be on the wall:
- Some people at IBM think Windows 8 might be Microsoft’s OS/2. Ouch.
- Windows Phone is only 4.7% of the market, and while it’s growing, the top 2 players take 94.7% of the market – up from 92.4% last year
- In China, the world’s largest mobile phone market, the news is worse – Nokia sales are crashing, while Samsung is tops
- Another revenue stream dries up as Google stops licensing Exchange ActiveSync for its GMail product
- Facebook Home might be a clone of Windows Phone’s ‘people-centric’ UI, but it just brought Windows Phone’s consumer USP to their biggest rival. Ooops.
- Despite rumours since September and a petition on change.org, the Facebook (and therefore indirectly-part-Microsoft-owned) Instagram still isn’t available on Windows Phone
- As of January, Nokia were still selling twice as many Linux-based phones as Windows Phone ones
- Indy game developers prefer Sony to Microsoft these days, removing one of the Xbox’s key selling points.
- Microsoft have slashed Windows 8 OEM prices to try and revive the market, knocking 75% off the price of their biggest profit centre.
- Gartner predicts a fall of 7.6% in PC sales in 2013, while Apple Mac sales rose 31% overall last year, despite a weak start to 2013.
- Google are now a hardware player, and their Chromebook starts at about the full price of a retail Windows 8 licence
- You couldn’t make this up: Thieves broke into Microsoft. And just stole the iPads.
- Microsoft’s smartphone market share dropped after the launch of Windows Phone 8.
- The Surface tablets have sold about a third the number Microsoft ordered
- Actually the news for Internet Information Server isn’t all bad – it’s back to 20% market share, its highest since October 2010 – but still lower than every survey since 1996.
- Dell told the SEC that slow sales of Windows 8 and Windows 7 are a prime factor in its recent troubles that might lead to a takeover.
- The EU fined Microsoft $731 million for breaching their antitrust agreement over the browser choice screen – presumably one of the costliest oversights of all time.
- Apple’s App Store takes 74% of app store spend, while Google Play is 51% of all downloads. Even the BlackBerry store is over 100,000 apps now.
- SharePoint is being replaced by third party apps at multinationals on an almost daily basis
- 40% of PCs are still running Windows XP, despite this being three versions out of date (I wonder how many are still running Windows 2000?)
- Microsoft just sold their IPTV business, just as the consumer-savvy Apple might be going into the IPTV business.
This is depressing.
You know I could go on and on with these, and I haven’t really found any good news. As someone who relies on Microsoft for a living, this is really really depressing – and a bit scary.
Please, Microsoft, get your act together – I need some good news!