Monday, February 25, 2002

Microsoft shares source I read Apple by Jim Carlton over the weekend, and was struck by how clueless Jean Louis Gasee was about technology strategy (and the importance of application barriers to entry). Moreover, Gasee seemed to have learned nothing in his time at Apple, because Be failed for the same reason Apple struggled--no apps.

I was also struck by how Apple just could not shake the hardware addiction and move to a software only company, even though Billg himself urged Apple to do exactly that in the 80s. Microsoft is stuck in a similar conundrum, addicted to OS while it's really an application company (and seeing GNU/Linux eat the OS market around it). Bizarrely, they've decided to share source with some integrators, instead of more sensibly offering .NET applications on all platforms.


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