Since the time when computers began to become an everyday item, we have seen a leader emerge. Microsoft Corporation has over the ages proved through technological advances and new innovations that it is a leader among computers and new upcoming technologies. Microsoft offers a variety of products some of which include operating systems for laptops and desktops, cell phones and gaming consoles. They also offer services that help us with everyday questions and tasks such as Microsoft Office, which most people use in their daily life to write reports, make presentations and keep track of accounts. They have a search engine called Bing, which is a rival to Google and an instant messaging device, Windows Live.
Microsoft is currently market dominant in the IBM PC-compatible operating system and also the office software markets with their ever popular Microsoft Office program. Microsoft also makes an extensive array of additional software for desktop computers and servers, and is involved in several areas such as competing with Google in the internet search market with Bing, challenging for market dominance in the video game industry ag... ... middle of paper ... ...ifferent. Works Cited Microsoft News Center, . N.p.. Web.
1. What are the three or four most important drivers of Microsoft’s business model over the past 10 to 15 years that have accounted for the company’s spectacular results? Microsoft’s mission of placing a “PC running Microsoft software on every desk and in every home” drove their overall strategy early on. Depending on the business segment within Microsoft, one would see in place very different business models as the strategy for each line of business could vary. In the operating system (OS) segment, Microsoft initially brought in an existing product and modified this (MS-DOS) to work with the Intel microprocessor, which were the “brains” of the IBM PC.
The corporation develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, consumer electronics and personal computers and services. Its products include Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office, Windows Phone, Skype, Outlook Mail, Xbox, Microsoft Surface and many other internet products. INTERNAL STRENGTHS A chain of product tools Microsoft Corporation, of course, is famous for their operating system Windows. However, under great pressure from Apple, Microsoft had started expand their field to the internet products. The initial internet products of Microsoft include Live Mail and Internet Explorer.
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Conclusion In the computer industry, most people still perceive Apple as the runner because of the significant influence Microsoft has on personal computers. However apple has been able to diversify its product line in the technology scope i.e. from computer hardware to software, gadgets and online media. This makes apple able to serve most of the consumer needs not only in variety but also in the quality in design and performance of its products. Through adopting a division form of business, apple makes it hard for it to be acquired since this will require a massive buyoff.
To fully understand the impact computers have on our lives and promises they hold for the future, it is important to understand the personal computer. The personal computer also known as the PC has evolved over the past several years into something that is now a part of every day life. Personal computers were not always like this though; they have made a great deal of significant changes that have allowed them to become as important as they are now. Before these improvements were made, the personal computer was not found in almost every single home across the world as they are today. Not only has the personal computer positively affected the business world, but also serves as a means of entertainment.
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Apple’s software gives them the edge on Microsoft due to the high security and anti-virus capabilities, but one of the most important factors is the iCloud system. Being able to sync, back up, and restore your devices are some of the perks of owning multiple Apple products. Microsoft has tried many times to use the android system to mimic Apple with their phones, but still cannot out do the iPhone. Fortunately Microsoft still is in the top charts of gaming category with the new release of the Xbox one, and continuing to experiment with tablets. There are pros and cons to each companies devices and it is all about personal preference of what you are comfortable with but without the competition between Apple and Microsoft who knows what kind of operating system or how advanced our technology would be.
I will be examining the above-mentioned factors before making my decision on whether or not an acquisition will be feasible. Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 by William H. Gates III. The company, which was inspired by Gates, had a vision of computers powered by software developed by the company being a way of life. The goal was to integrate computers into people’s everyday lives. The company started out in Gates’ garage with primitive technology and unlimited aspiration.