So I got an email from “Paul” in Utah who accused me of being an Apple Fanboy and a Microsoft hater based on a couple of my previous posts.


Calls for one of my IT strategy/Economics 101 lectures.

Paul, here’s the deal. It’s in all our best interests that Microsoft is super duper successful with Windows 8.

I’ll make it simple.

  • If Microsoft released Windows 8 and it sold like hotcakes, it would attract a thriving developer community – A good thing.
  • Those developers would add to the Windows Store and the new Windows 8 platforms would pose a healthy challenge to Apple and Google. Google and Apple would now have to be more innovative and come up with new technology advances to keep us interested – A good thing.
  • They would also be under pressure to keep prices as low or lower than Microsoft products so these toys would be cheaper for consumers – A good thing.
  • The aggregate demand would boost production of computers, mobile phones, tablets and servers worldwide. These companies would have to hire more people to make these new computers and devices – A good thing.
  • The aggregate demand would also create demand for more Windows associated software (tools and utilities) which are created by software companies. They now have to hire more developers. – A good thing.
  • This in turn would create demand for kids graduating from college with Metro experience – A good thing.

and on and on..

The bottom line is that a successful Windows 8 will be good for the global economy. In addition, healthy competition among software giants usually results in higher levels of innovation and lower prices.

Imagine how much more innovative (if that’s possible) Apple would be if they had real competition in the Tablet space?

Food for thought…

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. ( and The Redmond Cloud (

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  • Visual C# Tutorials

    Competition is great. Would you run fast in a marathon if other competitors are walking? I really hope that Apple have a threatening competitor and I hope it would be Microsoft.

    • Jase Wolf

       Would you run fast in a marathon if other competitors are walking? hahaha! great question.

  • ball of hair

    You were being a fanboy, some of your apple praise was really bias in favor of apple.  

    This statement right here proves you’re a fanboy “Imagine how much more innovative (if that’s possible) Apple would be if they had real competition in the Tablet space?”  

    In what ways was apple really innovative?  Other than suing, threatening and oppressing smaller companies and individuals, and stealing technologies, they haven’t been innovative.  Apple does not aim to advance humanity, nor does Microsoft, such praise is unwarranted, they aim to make money.

    Apple’s success was not a result of innovation, it was the result of using existing technologies and good marketing.

    Microsoft’s success will not improve the economy, nor will Apple’s.  The “trickle” down economics is proven false.

    If you want to know of innovation, you should look at the smaller companies, the underdogs. The Tapwave Zodiac for example, that was innovation back in the day.

    • Sp

      In the same line:  what of these innovations were made at Apple?   Windows system for Mac, it was invented at Xerox;  in the iPhone:  real notifications, back and front camera, video calls – I was doing them with my Nokia N95 years before Face Time, Retina Display is, I think, more of an improvement than an innovation, everyone is constantly improving in this area (AMOLED for example), better speed and memory, the same: constant improvement, not innovation.  GPS, again I was using it in my Nokia years before, camera flash, radio FM (sorry), MP3, small laptops (I was using a very nice usable and very small Sony Vaio VGN in 2003), whole screen windows:  finally Apple recognized this in OS Lion!  Picture wall paper in my phone.  Extremely well made consumer gadgets – think many swiss watch makers, think luxury cars, think HP back in the 70’s and 80’s when they made their connectors gold plated.

      They ARE very innovative and well in execution, but they are not the ONLY or the MOST innovative.

      • Onuora Amobi

        Kind of hard for me to remember SUCCESSFUL tablets before the Ipad.

        They basically made the iPad synonymous with the word tablet and re-imagined the entire tablet space.Everyone is basically playing catch up and their market value reflects that. I hear you regarding the breakdown of components but that’s like saying Facebook didn’t invent HTML, or web browsing, or web logins, or avatars. You’re right – they didn’t but they invented Facebook!Sometimes, that’s the truest definition of innovation –  putting the obvious pieces together profitably before anyone else.

    • commenterx

      I disagree with you. Period. Apple products ARE innovative, work fluidly and are user-friendly. If it wasn’t for Apple we would be still using phones with clunky keyboards, lame browsers and crappy screens, like the Blackberry, and it wouldn’t be much of a tablet market to talk about.

  • Ezekiel Carsella

    didn’t they steal the Intel patent for hyperthreading?? It says the A5X chip is a dual core with quad core gaming. Only way possible is to hyper thread right!?!?!

  • ECM2

    The Jolly Trinity

    Apple makes us happy… Google saves us money… Microsoft keeps us employed !!!

    We need them all to exist.