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Who Would We Miss? Microsoft, Yes. Apple? Sort Of. RIM, Definitely.

Imagine if one of the major technology companies disappeared without a trace. No more of its products, no more support. Which company would we miss and which would be no great loss? We asked ourselves this question about Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, RIM, and some other biggies. Here's what we think.
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Microsoft: Very Big Deal.

This is just a thought exercise so let's establish some rules: The disappearance of a company doesn't mean that all of their products just disappear, they just disappear from the market. So if you own a '65 Mustang and Ford disappears you still have your classic muscle car. But no 2013 Ford Focus for you.

It's not unfair to say that organizations the world over are addicted to Microsoft technology. Companies are always deploying new computers based on Microsoft systems and application software and the inability to do that would mean big trouble across just about every business segment across the globe (except in countries where they always pirate software anyway, of course).

And don't forget, no more XBoxes.

This story is a reprise of a similar story on which I collaborated at PC Magazine many years ago.

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