Microsoft, still reeling from revelations that the corporation was the very first to enthusiastically assist the NSA spying, is also reeling from a bad reception from its Windows 8, the fall in standard computer sales which hits the Windows sales and finally, the blow of lack of interest in their copy cat iPads has lead to investors dumping the stocks which lost $34 billion in value in just one day. This doesn’t surprise me at all.
I recall quite vividly that when Apple introduced the iPad, all the pros sneered that no one would want it and it would be a failure. Curious about it, I went to the Apple store with family to tool around with it. The early iPads were quite addictive and one of my family bought one. I waited until the new model came out and tried it out in the store and was amazed at how the computer made all images amazingly vivid and sharp. No matter how much you zoom in, it is very sharp, never fuzzy.
Playing video games, reading things or watching videos, etc. was a deep pleasure. During the last year, out of curiosity, hearing about how the Microsoft iPad was nifty, I tried one out. It was horrible. Since I was accustomed to the amazing visuals of the Apple iPad, it was a shock seeing images on the Microsoft machine. I struggled to explain how repulsive it was. ‘Greasy,’ was one word that finally came to mind.
It just looked weird. It is hard to turn back from the Apple experience. Recently I watched some videos of volcanos both on my Apple PC and the iPad. The experience was totally different due to the visual clarity issue. The show looked absolutely gorgeous on the iPad and merely interesting on the PC. The ‘retina display’ used by Apple now for all their products is truly revolutionary and a great deal of fun to use.
Of course, the real drubbing Microsoft had in the past was when it suddenly began climbing very high during the .com boom with a classic hockey stick graph and then losing roughly 60% of its value and then sort of mucking along with periodic sudden falls on back quarterly reports. It went below $30 a share when the overall stock market took a drubbing when the banking crisis hit, for example.
Apple has taken big hits recently too. But these were due mainly to Steve Jobs dying and the flooding of the iPhone markets with copy cats mainly in Asia. Which is normal for any new niche business. And good for all of us since we have competition! Competition is our friend! It gives us a choice. I still remember my joy when first using the resurrected Apples due to easy human/computer interface. Still love this.
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