Microsoft is expected to make a leadership change within a year
after its CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement. During Mr.
Ballmer's reign, in its own realm, Microsoft performed well.
However, it obviously had difficulties traversing the ever-changing
landscape of mobile devices. That is not unusual; even the early
leaders in mobile devices such as Nokia and RIM failed to
adapt effectively. In this regard, there is no demerit. The credit
goes to Apple Computer founder Steve Jobs who but twice achieved
Making an aesthetically pleasing and intuitively useful device is engineering art.
Microsoft is primarily a software company and it has limited experience in making
a physical device. To Apple, product ID means
industrial design; to Microsoft, product ID probably means the
serial number of a Windows software license. The Office application software may be Microsoft's
mobile device is not a portable PC. Gone are the days when backward
compatibility preoccupies. The
need to work on some old documents is certainly not what motivates
people to purchase a smart phone or a tablet device. People use mobile devices to
read, watch, listen, and communicate. The new world of mobile devices is changing
the rigid world of the PC's. The net effect is more choices for the consumers,
and that is for the better.