I commented back in October that Microsoft was trying to be more like Apple. Microsoft was putting a bigger focus on their own retail stores for the rollout of their new products, Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface RT tablets.
In the time that has passed since then, Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface RT have become two of the most hated products on the internet. Perhaps that is the price you pay in today's world for being so successful that the world looks at you as an unfair monopoly.
As someone who spent many years as a Novell network administrator and an advocate of open source solutions, I think it is fair to say I've never been riding on the Microsoft bandwagon or been considered a Microsoft fanboy.
In recent months I have found myself defending Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface. The people on the bash Microsoft bandwagon with all the hate for Windows 8 and the Microsoft Surface RT have really been way over the top at times.
As I try to put Microsoft technology into perspective, I question Microsoft's marketing of their products.
I've asked the question many ways in recent years to spark conversations. If you type the question of "Who is more powerful Google or Microsoft?" into a search engine, hopefully somewhere close to the top you will see an article I wrote on Yahoo Voices on March 7, 2011. (At the time of this writing it comes up near the top of Google and Bing for me.)
Amazing how much the trends have held form over the last two years. Google keeps pushing technology on the upswing and Microsoft fights to hold on to the market they have.
When I ask the question "Who is more powerful Google or Microsoft?" there are probably a few people screaming at their monitor. What about Apple? What about Facebook?
So what about them? Yes, there is no denying that Apple and Facebook are major players in technology. But when you are looking for a full fledged fight of who dominates the world of technology on a blow by blow match up, nothing quite measures up to the battle between Google and Microsoft.