Good and clearly writeup of (some of) Microsoft’s strengths :
… Microsoft is one of the most successful companies in modern history. It revolutionized the way companies use IT to do business and helped elevate the importance of IT in terms of corporate strategy.
Since its inception 33 years ago, Microsoft has made many mistakes both large and small. But it also got a few big things very, very right. As the post-Gates era takes shape, we look back on five things Microsoft got right and what they teach us. …
- Software Is King
Lesson: Question the rules. Change the game.
- Outsource Your Sales Force
Lesson: Create win-win partner situations to grow fast.
- Technology for the Masses
Lesson: Don’t neglect your customers’ most important need: a better price.
- Developers, Developers, Developers!
Lesson: Make it easy for partners to customize your product.
- The Long View
Lesson: Business isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon. Be persistent.
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These points combined truely set Microsoft apart from any other software company. The “asset” that’s build through this strategy is continuously leveraged into new territory such as Software + Services …