Monday, June 25, 2012

MS Surface, Disruption, and Legacy

Chris Armstrong on Microsoft's Shift

the Intel powered versions of the Surface show us that Microsoft is terrified to move into the future too quickly. I can't see any reason to buy an expensive, overpowered and overheating version of the Surface.

I think he's hit the nail on the head here. Microsoft has always been protective of their cash cows - Windows and Office. They can't make a committed jump to Office in the cloud (Office 365), because they are terrified of cannibalizing one of their core businesses - all the while Google Docs continues to improve and gain ground. In this case, they are unable to see a future without Windows and the legacy apps Surface Pro will support. There's a reason why they're called "legacy" apps!

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