Link: Michael Gartenberg: A Personal Note to Microsoft, It’s past time for Music Czar.
It’s not game over yet. The market is still nascent and there’s still time to act. There’s time to pull together what you need from your partners and really get out there to compete. The clock is ticking though and it’s time to get to work.
Personally, I think it’s actually much closer to game over than Michael thinks. Apple has such a tremendous lead in this area that it would take a truly disastrous set of errors to fumble the ball. But then, history is littered with examples of unassailable leads that have been lost – just ask Quark.
A Mac Rumors “Page 2” (ie probably not true) report details a possible link between Transitive and Apple. Transitive is a Manchester-based company which specialises in products which allow one processor architecture to run code from a different one – in this case, PowerPC code on Intel chips. It’s one that’s been doing the rumour rounds for a couple of years: although it’s certain that Apple has been working on an Intel version of OS X, I’ve always maintained that this is more of a strategic backup (in case PowerPC flags) rather than a serious product.
One of Mac Rumors comments, though, is worth picking up on:
Apple has traditionally been a hardware company, with the bulk of revenue coming from Mac hardware. The past few years, however, has seen software become a larger portion of their revenue.
It’s worth saying that there’s no reason why an Intel port of OS X equates to Apple becoming a software company. There would be nothing to stop Apple adopting Intel processors while preventing OS X from installing on bog-standard PCs – thus allowing it to continue to be a hardware company.
Evan has a great, funny post on the equally great G’Day World interview with Marc Orchant in G’Day, Tablet PC:
Speaking of Office 2003, a bit later in the podcast, the topic is, “Why doesn’t Outlook 2003 support the Tablet PC, um, at all?” Sounds like Microsoft’s really behind their product on this one.
Yes, but at least it leaves a gap for Josh Einstein to make some well-deserved money.
Speaking of Josh, he makes an interesting comment on his thoughts post-Windows Anywhere:
Of the 7 or so people I’ve convinced to buy a Tablet PC, none of them use the digitizer anymore. It’s just a laptop to them.
I’d say my tablet use breaks down as 60% laptop 40% tablet, but that’s because I have the software to make it worth using in Tablet mode – mostly either PlanPlus for XP or OneNote. Without the software, a tablet is just another laptop – so maybe MS should start pushing real tablet development.