re: Microsoft A Victim Of Its Own Success
Microsoft is still very profitable and growing, despite their failures in mobile, search, social, etc, as a result of Windows and related businesses, e.g. Office, SharePoint, Exchange. All of their other businesses, with minor exceptions like XBOX, rise or fall with Windows. The question is, will the OEMs (HP, Lenovo, Dell, Acer, Asus, etc) decide that it is no longer in their interest to partner with Microsoft and concertedly partner with one of the Linux OS providers, such as Red Hat, Google, Mint, Ubuntu, to come up with an alternative solution?
The OEMs really have little to lose at this point in pushing Linux ahead of Windows. They all make low single digit profit margins with no ability to differentiate except based upon cost. Now that Microsoft has started to compete directly with Surface, it might be time to start putting all of their eggs in the Linux basket.