Remember the movie About Schmidt, eh?
The 57-year-old Eric Schmidt still does not see Microsoft as a viable player in the new technology landscape. He has placed Microsoft out of his “Gang of Four”, a group of companies which he believes matter the most in the consumer technology industry.
The current executive chairman of the search engine giant said that Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook still remain the top four players in the sector, even with Microsoft releasing several new (and important) products like Windows 8 and the Surface line of tablets.
Speaking to The Wall Street Journal, Schmidt was quoted as saying:
“We had never in our industry seen four network platforms of that scale. We had seen IBM and we had seen Microsoft. But now we have four, and the resultant competition is a huge change in the industry”.
The former CEO of Google is also not impressed with Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8:
“I have not used it, but I think that Microsoft has not emerged as a trendsetter in this new model yet”.
Unless something goes terribly wrong, I personally would still take out Amazon, and slot in Microsoft in the gang above. The Redmond giant, while terribly late to the party, still has enough of a presence in both the consumer and business sectors to be completely ruled out.
Microsoft was late to the Internet party in the 90s and similarly behind in the mobile one of 2000s, but as long as it registered its attendance it still is a folly to entirely rule it out.
What say you guys?