Did MS Invent Anything?

Saturday October 17th, 1998

George Giannukos writes in with a link to an interesting article at PCWeek regarding Microsoft. George writes, "This is the first computer site telling it how it is! Finally, a computer site that is brave enough to bash Microsoft for all its illegal, anti-competitive practices..."

We've all known this for a while, but George is right - this is the first time I've seen this detailed in a major industry magazine.

On a side note, since the MS antitrust case directly affects this community, we'll be doing sporadic updates on the state of the case. Since most industry news sites don't have a talkback feature, we'll be linking to major updates from this site so we have a forum to talk.

#2 Re:Did MS Invent Anything?

by Jim Li

Sunday October 18th, 1998 1:03 PM

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I don't think the argument is that MS has never innovted anything on its own. However, if you look at the major software innovations throughout the past two decades, such as the word processor, spreadsheet, web browser, etc., the majority of innovations do not come from MS. Moreover, its innovations can be seen as major improvements or refinements to the technology and not as a major breakthroughs.

In some cases, such as MS Office, I think they've done a fabulous job with it, but it still does not change the fundamental point that MS, as the article says, is a follower and not a leader in terms of innovation.

One MS person said that if you define innovation in these terms, there have been very few in recent years. If we did take this definition of innovation, it still would not alter the perspective PC Week's article gives about MS innovations. The innovations may be far and few in between, but the major ones have not been from the big giant in Redmond.