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I'm writing this at the IE9 launch, which happened last Thursday, and this morning I had an epiphany. Don't worry -- I'm pretty sure my meds will kick in momentarily, but until they do, it strikes me that with all the focus on innovation and Apple, Apple doesn't really innovate that much. What it does is focus and out-execute every company it competes with in most every product. One exception is Safari; Microsoft, the Mozilla Foundation and Google regularly kick Apple's butt. Let's talk about the importance of execution against a product that competes well against Apple -- IE -- and one that is trending to be a failure: the HP TouchPad.
Woud you please tell what definition of the word innovation you are using? I'm not sure you really understand what innovation really is. Throughout its history, Microsoft has exhibited almost no innovation in the area of technology. Bill Gates was a master planner and master negotiator. He truely knew how to strike a deal that benefited his company. Historically, great. But, truthfully, please tell me what products Microsoft has produced that sprang from their own ORIGINAL idea? Must be fewer that five? They bought almost everything they have ever sold, starting with DOS, Excel, Basic. Yes, they have made improvements; but innovative? I don't think so. Yes, it can be said of their competitors that they too borrow original ideas because most come from independent thinkers, but you should really study your history before you make such outrageous remarks. Innovation from Microsoft? Laughable! What a shame—and with all that revenue!
The author talked about "execution". What are you trying to argrue here?
Posted by: rogerowens
2011-02-14 10:27:54 In reply to: zwu_ca
I don't disagree with the author regarding his comments on execution. But the title is about Innovation (not mattering), which I was commenting on. Innovation certainly does matter. In fact, innovating products that people actually want or need is a most important thing for a technology company. Otherwise, why compete? Just sell what others make! Microsoft has a long history of not providing what people would rather have, just the basic applications that people need.
The same argument applies to facebook too. I think IE 9 could have the document viewing feature as http://bing.elookinto.com. But again, features may be not important at all these days.