23 June 2007

more microsoft

i'm a bit dismayed by yet another chop against microsoft innovation. while i'm too lazy to track down details about the next flare-up, i find it odd that microsoft is coming under fire for trying to implement the things that make me want a mac in the first place. maybe their practices just make it harder for others to compete, but i really want my PC to come with everything i need already.

7 comments:

  1. I hardly consider it to be innovation when they take someone else's idea, make it standard on their operating system, and then cripple the competition's software when it runs on said OS. That's not innovation. That's trying to edge someone out.

    Note that Mac does not cripple Google, or at least hasn't filed suit against them. So I'd say that Mac isn't trying to game the market, and MS is. There's worlds of difference between innovation and attempting to wag the dog.

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  2. i'll buy it when they can prove a willful attempt to cripple third party software. otherwise, i'd be more inclined to believe that they just didn't do it well enough.

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  3. i might also point out that google didn't invent search or desktop search. they've just done it better. i guess by your definition, that's not innovation.

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  4. If you take a pencil sharpener, and put a stylish burnished chrome exterior on it, is that innovation? If you put breakfast cereal into mylar bags instead of boxes, is that really innovation? Only from a marketing standpoint, not from a functional one. It's just packaging.

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  5. i usu try to leave it up to consumers to determine the value of something. and yes, i'd call it innovation: innovation in packaging. whether that is of value to anyone or not can be determined by a decentralized market.

    plus, i'd have to research the weathering characteristics of the burnished finish to see if it held up to harsher sharpening environments. i know cereal companies touted savings in packaging costs from moving to bags over boxes, saving money and pollution. so i'm really not buying your argument.

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  6. You leave it up to consumers, eh? I'm a consumer. I say it sucks.

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