… and Paul Graham proves it.
Hip! Hip! Hurray!
To summarise, Microsoft is dead thanks to
- Google which is now the new big player with loads of cash,
- Ajax applications like Gmail which showed that the desktop is irrelevant and
- Apple and Linux because thanks to them (I quote) “[a]ll the computer people use Macs or Linux now. Windows is for grandmas, like Macs used to be in the 90s. So not only does the desktop no longer matter, no one who cares about computers uses Microsoft’s anyway.”
Paul Graham concludes his essay with this paragraph:
“I already know what the reaction to this essay will be. Half the readers will say that Microsoft is still an enormously profitable company, and that I should be more careful about drawing conclusions based on what a few people think in our insular little “Web 2.0″ bubble. The other half, the younger half, will complain that this is old news.”