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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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