MG Siegler did this “I’m painted into a corner thing” where he quoted more movies and ragged on Microsoft.
I’m pretty sure the institutional ban from my name ever appearing on the pages of Techcrunch still exists, so MG couldn’t rebut me or Steven Hodson directly, but this post entitled “You Are Not Your F*cking Khakis (But You May Be Your Phone),” and it’s probably the closest thing to a response on this post as I’m ever going to get.
It’s a meandering post that talks about how your choice in phone determines who you are as a person, apparently.
The last paragraph is:
Imagine if you’ve committed you whole life to one particular Microsoft proprietary technology, and now a bunch of bloggers are saying Microsoft as we know it is going to be in trouble in 10 years. Yeah, you’d be pissed. And you’d scream from the top of your lungs that they’re wrong. Because even if they’re not, you have to believe it. Or you’re screwed.
Here’s the thing, though… most bloggers and analysts, at least the ones not at Techcrunch, don’t form their entire philosophy on technology based around which phone they use.
I use a Microsoft phone because it’s the only smartphone on the network I use. They’re launching an Android phone soon, and when this one is bedraggled and unusable, I may switch (because I only like replacing phones when they’re broken, not when they’re no longer shiny). If the iPhone was available on my network, I might switch to it. I have no compunctions about using an iPhone because in general, it’s been a solid device. I may not like everything Apple makes, but I can admit when the company makes a solid product, and the iPhone is one of them (in general, minus the whole left-handed holding thing right now).
This mentality that Microsoft is a doomed company needs to end, though.
I had a discussion with Steven Hodson this morning about it, mostly just to check and see if I was the last person not on the bus to crazy-town, or if I was it’s last resident.
me: Heya. Quick question.
me: Agree or disagree: "Microsoft as we know it is going to be in trouble in 10 years."
Steven: most of the "tech" blogs paint that picture .. that is when they get their heads out of their Apple and Google asses.
Steven: I still say that Microsoft is going to need a really big fail in order to shake it up enough. Paul is right in that Microsoft really needs to get back to a startup mentality but I would add that really any mentality than the one that is currently eating away at the company would help.
Steven: But does that mean that Microsoft is going to be in trouble 10 years from? What qualifies as qualify trouble?
Steven: Are we talking financial, or platform, or products? There are a lot of different possibilities with that company.
me: well, let’s start with financial.
me: Because that’s what most people at TC say, though MG’s stopped short of saying it.
me: Remember that thing we both blogged over? Devin Coldewey’s comment on TC?
Steven: To suggest that the company would go away. Ludicrous. Just look at the number of patents alone that the company has.
Steven: Look at the pure R&D work that they do that can change the entire landscape.
Steven: To answer your question, no, I don’t thinks so. Now maybe if you went 20 years out – WITHOUT any management mentality change – then yes.
Steven: But the corporate business alone could keep MS afloat for longer than ten years.
I don’t know anyone else in the blogosphere that follows Microsoft more closely.
I’m stopping short of using my bully pulpit and calling out Techcrunch on the main SiliconANGLE blog. I could, but I think my case could be a little bit weak. I’ve not done my research everywhere, but so far I have a lesser known gadget blogger idiotically saying Microsoft is a dead company and well known Apple fanboy talking smack about Microsoft.
I’ve responded intelligently, though, and in MG’s case with only a modicum of smack-talk. This is an official notice to the Techcrunch bloggers. I’m watching for more nonsensical statements like this, and I will officially call you out when I see them.
It goes without saying that you’re closing in on full-on retard if you honestly believe Microsoft is “doomed.” They’re a major company with fingers in many many pies. There are tons of really smart people there, and there seems to be a cohesive strategy emerging to marry mobile, entertainment and cloud technology. I can understand not being able to read the writing on the wall at this early stage, but to call the company doomed means you’re not doing your job when it comes to staying informed on the very basics of the companies you cover.