You clearly dont understand much then. There was a program on TV last night in the UK about Microsoft and Bill Gates
He went to harvard and dropped out. Created a code based OS called MS-DOS. Got the major companies such as IBM etc to use his OS. He sold it to a few companies for $50.
Sir Alan Sugar who owned Amstrad was all about hardware. If he couldn't touch it he wouldnt pay for it. Amstrad was also the leader computer manufactor, Gates sold DOS to amstrad and it took off. It got on almost every computer out there.
He then went on to his dream. To get a PC in every home. What did he do? Exactally that. He created every version of Windows, drove it into the mass market, became to market leader and pretty much dominated the OS market.
He realised that people need something graphical to work with. he put all his money into it and released Windows with a GUI. That took off exceptionally fast, why? Because software is free to make. Hundreds of thousands of other companies started creating software and sold it, they made it for MS since it was the market leader. It became the most popular OS and raked in $5mill a day profit for Gates. he then thought, hey. Why do we need to do all these calculation and letters on paper, and they released Office. it pretty much killed Lotus.
Granted in the past 5 years, not a great deal has happened. They came out with XP which you will probably find on every system if it isnt running vista or osx or linux. They also created the Zune, Surface. They do alot more than you think. Hell, they even made there on games console and they made there own PCB for the graphics card. I know Sony do a much better job at it and have beeen doing for years and the PS3 would be where it is now even if mircosoft DIDNT release the 360.
Now, if that isn't revolutionrey (sp?) then I dont know what is. Coz, I doubt you would be sitting here on Overclock.net if it wasn't for Microsoft
Even if you ignore the dozens of actual products that google has - they still do much more for the internet than M$ ever has. If not for google we would not be on OCN right now - because OCN makes its money from google ads. The internet runs on search engines and ads - and both are areas in which google is dominant.
Microsoft has never been innovative. Microsoft did not write DOS, IBM did. Microsoft did not pioneer the WIMP interface (Window, Icon, Menu, Pointer) that defined the early Windows GUI, they stole it from Apple. Microsoft did not pioneer office suites - they developed in response to Lotus. Microsoft did not pioneer mp3 players - they did it in response to the ipod. Microsoft did not pioneer consoles - they did it in response to the PS2. Microsoft has been an incredibly efficient business machine, but don't confuse that with being innovative
Edited by rabidgnome229 - 6/21/08 at 2:29pm