Is Microsoft Really a Dying Consumer Brand?

That's a bold statement, considering the strength that Microsoft has right now in the technology sector. The huge majority of the world's computers run on some kind of Windows, and much of the world's businesses rely on some kind of Microsoft productivity software.

That, however, is just in the realm of desktop computing. Businesses may still be in Microsoft's hands, but what about consumers?

In contrast, Apple has incredible strength with consumers, but doesn’t have a hold on businesses. Consumers are snatching up the iPhone and iPad to go along with their iPods, but businesses aren't running Mac OS X.

Even though Microsoft has done well with the Xbox, the Zune failed to take off, and now Windows Phone 7 has a battle ahead of it against the iPhone and Android.

Check out CNN's opinion here, and let us know if you agree or disagree!

Marcus Yam
Marcus Yam served as Tom's Hardware News Director during 2008-2014. He entered tech media in the late 90s and fondly remembers the days when an overclocked Celeron 300A and Voodoo2 SLI comprised a gaming rig with the ultimate street cred.
  • 96stangman
    Ill make it simple no
  • bustapr
    Statement is bull...
  • uronacid
    CNN is about as reliable as Obama.
  • ispam
    Let me guess, Steve Jobs wrote it.
  • tolham
    CNN is the dying brand.
  • partytime
    umm.. No of course not..
  • eatmeimadanish
    I'll make it more complicated: Yes.
    1) No web browser or the ability to play most media files on the xbox360?
    2) Didnt bother to come out with a touchscreen OS for phones until 2 other options were fimrly established
    3) They still use NTFS for a file system... holy crap.
    4) Who owns a zune? oh wait why would you, your not allowed to do anything on it.
    5) Windows 7/ excellent OS. Windows VISTA just another way to steal your money on something that just doesn't work. End result, people don't trust microsoft.
    6) Hey microsoft, your web browser sucks... for the eighth time...
    7) Why can't we just boot windows off of a flash drive again? Why did XP require a floppy disk for raid drivers?

    I have more but... those are good enough for now.
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  • Shuge1
    Id stopped caring about what happens toMS, but thats until windows 7 came out...
  • Shuge1
    Id stopped caring about what happens to MS, but thats until windows 7 came out...