Re: Absolutely nothing?
I somewhat agree. Certainly one company isn't going to master every conceivable area, but you either have to master (or do pretty well) at one, and continue to innovate in that area, or you have to do well in catching some emerging category, or creating one.
Apple, for example, has done pretty well at both aspects. They are still quite good and pretty innovative where they started in traditional 'PCs' but also have done well in other areas like mobile, and at least tying their stuff to the cloud. That isn't to say they are perfect. They've blown attempts in a number of areas as well.
Microsoft, on the other hand, hasn't done so well in their cores (especially in the last couple of years), nor in innovations to catch the various waves, or create them. If they don't get that straightened out soon (which they might), they will eventually be just part of tech history. Remember Novell? That's (their technology) where I started my IT career. My CNE (and almost ECNE) is pretty worthless now.
And, Microsoft DID venture into a number of areas. So, taking a risk wasn't the problem. They just didn't have the vision to actually apply the talent they obviously had in a meaningful way. For example, how many anticipated hits did they attempt in the tablet sector? I remember at least two efforts, which I predicted would fail (it was quite obvious). And, even their current one, while much better than the others, is questionable IMO.
Hopefully Nadella can turn things around and properly put some of their tallent to use. I'm always a fan of any company or competition which drives the market forward. I've been a critic of Microsoft because they did the opposite, and didn't get where they are by being excellent.