I think the share holders will be going after Ballmer's jugular very soon. Microsoft is going downhill and the momentum is picking up speed. Even the very Windows-centric sites are having a difficult time defending MS these days. They are beginning to have a good look at Apple and OSX. They like what they see. When you have rabid PC folks switching, you KNOW there is a problem.<br><br>
My only problem with the attitude you're expressing, Marg, is that it's precisely as nauseating and self-serving as the pro-PC condescension I used to observe (and receive) back in the dark days, pre-Jobs. It smacks of elitism, entitlement and relentless myth-building nonsense.<br><br>Gawd save rabid Mac users from themselves. I dig a bit of Mac evangelizing as much as anyone but it makes me wonder who will be the next Apple to unseat Apple itself.<br><br>[color:red]_________________________</font color=red><br>[color:white]Max </font color=white><br>
Huh? Read around, Max. It's not too difficult to see what's happening. I haven't written one word that doesn't express the reality of what's happening in the computer world. The pendulum is swinging. As the iPod halo effect was very real to the consumer, the iPhone will draw in the corporate world. As the old geezers retire or die off we're being replaced with a younger crowd who have latched onto anything Apple. The top people at one of Canada's leading bank and investment house are now sporting MacBook Pros. When bankers are buying Macs you know times are changing and there's nothing evangelistic about stating the truth.<br><br>My personal take? I don't really like what's happening. Yup, I prefer to be a Mac elitist. That's getting damn hard to be when everyone on the street is buying up Macs. Soon we'll be the norm and I don't like that one bit. Our "safe" world will soon see attack from all sides. <br><br>Buy AAPL<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Is Ballmer on his way out -- and if so, who's the next CEO?<p><hr></blockquote><p>Akula? Hey, why not? He's a better choice that those goobers they mentioned.<br><br>
Maybe a bit.<br>And -on a more serious side- I don't see MSFT slipping out of the picture any time soon. Sure, things don't look too rosy right now but MSFT is just too entrenched to just disappear. <br><br>[color:blue][/b]Hodie mihi. Cras tibi.</font color=blue>[/b]
<blockquote>Soon we'll be the norm and I don't like that one bit.</blockquote><br><br>What is 'soon'. In my lifetime? In my grandkids lifetime?<br><br>What is 'norm' Norm is 50 percent of everyone using Macintosh? 75 percent? 99 percent?<br><br>Wow! That really started me to thinking!<br><br>For Apple to become the 'norm'. . . <br><br>What would it take -- besides Apple getting first competitive price wise with the PC side of things?<br><br>Well, all one has to do is start looking at government establishments, schools, small businesses, and large [number of units] users of PCs and their software.<br><br>How many years would it take for my former employer, the State of Oregon, to go all Macintosh/Apple computers/software? I was there during the switch from Lotus to Microsoft. It was a long, costly, process and lot of already writen stuff had to be changed, etc. It was like pulling teeth, but they finally ripped all the remaining Macintosh units from our dying hands.<br><br>Remember how difficult it was getting all the Macs out of local schools, Ethel? Imagine how difficult it was across the rest of the United States. Now think of reversing that process so that we begin ripping out PCs, software, converting old prog's etc.<br><br>I recall a particularly frustrating time when working for OR-OSHA. We had a terrific prog that did miraculous things for our needs and was so easy to work with. BUT -- the FED OSHA had something different. Of course, the two were not entirely compatible and started giving us problems. WHO had to switch to the other computer prog? OR-OSHA, naturally. Compatibility across the state/country/world, so switching so that ALL are compatible may not be impossible, but I do not see it as happening 'SOON'.<br><br>I hope Marge is RIGHT. I hope I am WRONG!<br><br>Time will tell, and I'll keep my fingers crossed for Macintosh/Apple.<br><br> <br><br>
Right MS is not going anywhere soon - its just seems like MS is driving from the back seat so to speak.<br><br>I hate to say it but;<br>Ballmer is not leading MS in the right directions - lose the monkey man could be what MS needs - IMO<br><br>
I don't think that Apple will ever take MS place with 95% - well now around 90% or slightly less.<br><br>IMO by your grand kids time it would be more like MS 60% Apple 40% - World Wide.<br><br>From the articles I been reading.<br>Apple still has some hurdles on the "enterprise" side of the starting gate to be a true business solution from MS death grip.<br><br>1 - Apple does not have in place a strong "enterprise" support group As a result, the company doesn't have ra...rd drive fails.<br><br>Our company buys all Dells and they expect hardware discounts and direct Dell support. Dell reps will come out and work with or IT staff when there is huge problems.<br><br>2 - Custom propriatorey software thats MS specific <-- big hurdle for Apple. Example the software I use cost the company about a million bucks to custom write. So you betcha they are not going to trash that just to use Macs or spend big bucks on a re-write --> So either Apple comes up with a solution or does the re-write for free??<br><br>
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