Microsoft has as much ying as it does yang in the success department these days. Windows 7 appears to be a grand slam hit, but Internet Explorer continues to be a bit of a whipping post, the Zune is cool but offers little competition for the iPods of the world, and if Windows Mobile 7 is delayed any further users may forget Microsoft even has a mobile operating system.
A recent article in InformationWeek laid out a gameplan for Microsoft for 2010. I don’t necessarily agree with all of the points, but in a nutshell the article states that Microsoft should:
- Drop the price of Windows
- Cut the price of Office or make it available for free
- Provide more services
- Dump the Zune
- Acquire Yahoo
- Shake up the leadership
- Launch a game-changer
That last one seems to be a sort of catch-all trump card. If Microsoft, or any company, did nothing at all in 2010 except for launch a game-changer that would seem to…well, change the game.
Perhaps Windows Mobile 7 will rise from the ashes like a phoenix and shift the mobile operating system landscape? We shall see.