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Windows and Windows Live




Windows & Windows Live Division offerings consist of the Windows 7 and Windows 8 operating system, software and services through Windows Live, and PC hardware products. Windows operating system has been bedrock of Microsoft corporations, and has consistently fended off and serious competition from the industry and has been clear leader for personal computing sector (Jones, 2018).


Enterprise Server and Tools




Enterprise Server and Tools product and service offerings include Windows Server, Windows Azure, Microsoft SQL Server, Windows Embedded device platforms, and Enterprise Services. Enterprise Services comprise Premier product support services and Microsoft Consulting Services. And like Windows operating system for personal computing, Microsoft has dominated enterprise computing via its Windows server and SQL server platforms (Bloom, 2018).


Gaming and Entertainment (Xbox and Xbox live)




Microsoft’s gaming and entertainment offerings include the Xbox 360 entertainment platform, including Kinect for Xbox 360. Microsoft also offers Xbox LIVE service, which enables online gaming, social networking, and access to a wide range of video, gaming, and entertainment content. Kinect in particular has provided Microsoft much needed edge over its competitors in the gaming sector (Microsoft, 2018).


Diverse and global talent




Success of any company is highly dependent on their ability to attract and retain qualified employees, Microsoft has done relatively well to attract technical workforce from across the globe and created an environment to nurture and foster that talent to new heights. The diversity of their workforce in terms of technical breadth as well as the geographical spread provides Microsoft completive edge with the research and development of wide range product and services (Smith and Simpson, 2018).


Brand Image




Over last 38 years since its inception in 1975, Microsoft had clearly developed a brand image and reputation for itself. Even though it has faced fierce challenge and attacks from its competitors, Microsoft still is popular global brand. Bill Gates’ vision for Microsoft “A personal computer in every home running Microsoft software” has become close to reality and, Microsoft has become a true household name across the world (Jones, 2018).







Over last decade or so Microsoft seems to be losing the battle of innovation over it competitors. More often than not, Microsoft seems to be following its competitors’ innovation that leading the pack. For Microsoft to retain its global leadership, it really need to re-vigor the innovative powerhouse that Microsoft once was (Microsoft, 2018).


Lack of clear direction




The recent change in Microsoft’s business model from being primarily a software company to that of software, services and devices company has created lack of direction for the ranks and files, particularly because every division is targeted to handle all three aspect of business. To be successful Microsoft really need to re-organize itself across the new business model, and in recent days they have started initiative in that direction (Nelson, 2018).


Windows Phone and Tablet




Microsoft launched itself in the smartphone sector in 2010 with its Widows 7 phone, and Surface was Microsoft’s attempt to get into the tablet business. They haven’t performed very well in either of these two; Window 8 phone has performed relatively better than its predecessor but overall has not come even close to the competition (Graham, 2018).


Search Engine sector





Web browser (Internet Explorer)




Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE) was the leading web browser until it was ousted by Google Chrome just over a year ago. For now IE is maintaining 2nd place ahead of Firebox. Even though IE by itself is not a major revenue source but it can certainly help steer customers towards other Microsoft products and services (Smith and Simpson, 2018).





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Jones, C. L. (2018). New technology in the workforce and how it changes business today. Reuters. www.reuters.com

Microsoft. (2018). Official Homepage. Retrieved from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/

Nelson, D. P. (2018). Piracy threat to Microsoft and other software companies since the beginning of time. US News & World Reports. Retrieved from https://www.usnews.com/

Smith, G, A., & Simpson, H. J. (2018). Microsoft and the changing dynamics in today’s tech industry. Official News Report. Retrieved from www.officalnewsreport.com

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