What’s even clearer is that what Microsoft can’t dominate, it tries to destroy. What it can’t dominate or destroy it is baffled by, and so lumbers around like a bull in a china shop.
I can see Ballmer and Gates having that kind of discussion – “But Bill, we haveto have that sort of ‘finger in the pie’ on the Web, no matter how much we lose!” That’s also understandable, but I think Microsoft will come to a point where it will have to play to its strengths – Windows, Office, SQL Server, and related – and minimize their losses in other areas. With the way the economy isn’t recovering, that point may come sooner rather than later – but there’s a better way.
If I were Microsoft, I’d embrace the up-and-coming standards and practices for web-based apps (like JQuery and other technologies that allow one to develop platform-agnostic apps), instead of pretending to “adopt” them but with the intent to subvert and weaken them. I’d be the biggest purveyor of JQuery and/or Dojo apps and libraries, picking up revenue with high-end applications and consulting.
It’s sad that with Microsoft’s size, they could be *the* dominant player in the market, but because of short-sightedness and egoism, wastes enormous amounts of time and money trying to duke it out with the likes of Yahoo and Google, when they could be playing to their strengths…