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Schmidt Attacks Microsoft Again

Every time Google's Eric Schmidt opens his mouth, his foot flies in. His latest spout of idiocy is calling Microsoft well run but then arguing it isn't part of today's fight for computing supremacy.

If you read me with any regularity you know I am the furthest thing from a Microsoft apologist. And I fully admit that Microsoft is not sexy (never has been, doesn't try to be) and when it comes to new technologies is clearly overshadowed by the iPad, Facebook and some of Google's cooler services.

But look at what Microsoft is fixing to do. The company is taking all of existing on-premises tools and moving them to the cloud through Office 365, Azure and a host of other services.
Sexy? No. But look at it this way, Redmond may be poised to dominate the cloud in the areas of productivity, mid-level enterprise database, mid-market ERP and unified communications (among others).

The cloud is the inflection point that is supposed to create new players in existing categories. But Microsoft will fight like heck to rule in the cloud where it rules on the desktop and in the server. And it has a darn good shot.

Not a player? I'd laugh if my jaw hadn't dropped so far.

Is Microsoft now thoroughly outclassed by Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook, or is the otherwise bright Schmidt delusional?  You tell me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 10/29/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Tue, Oct 30, 2012 Kevin Fream Tulsa, Oklahoma

Schmidt is not relevant because he hasn't been the Google CEO since April of 2011. I wrote this ditty in August 2011 http://blog.kevinfream.com/2011/08/01/microsoft-endures/. Apple continues to lose people because now there is no one left to decide or lead. How many thousands of Computer Science grads each year learn to make a seach engine along with their custom OS? Arrogance kills in business.

Tue, Oct 30, 2012 JohnMc Quebec

Interesting comments from Eric Schmidt. I wonder what he sees that we do not. He has been competing with Microsoft in one way or another most of his career so I doubt he would dismiss them so carelessly. This is no idiot.

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 Dan Canada

Why does Eric Schmidt still have a job in technology?

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 James Georgia

It is funny, once again you can see that Eric Schmdt does not have a clue when it comes to what people actually want. Google has proven time and time again that they cannot be trusted with pretty much anything. If you want cheap junk, you just use any of Google's products, but it you want something that works, then anything but Google!

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 Brent

Poach Android users NOW! Cut the cost of the Microsoft Surface tablet in half.

Mon, Oct 29, 2012 John

He's delusional. Businesses still need desktops. Businesses still need servers. And the OS that runs those is windows. When people figure out they can use Office in the cloud Google docs will be an afterthought

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