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Apple becomes Microsoft and Google turns 10

September 7, 2008

Daniel Lyons in Newsweek has a nice piece on how Apple is turning into Microsoft. As any company comes to control an ecosystem it inevitably starts to squeeze the smaller players and exert its power over pricing and availability.

From inside Microsoft this is pretty amusing. The success of a partner ecosystem means that the partners are successful. I believe Microsoft understands and lives this every day with our partners around the globe. It is a shame to see that Apple might be developing really bad habits.

In other news, Google turns 10. I figure it will be another 10 years before they turn into Microsoft.

Having been through a few cycles in this industry I can very clearly see that some things are pretty inevitable. You just can’t be really big and really small at the same time. It would be amazing to see Google figure it out, but I am not holding my breath.

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