My colleague over at ZDNet, Mary Jo Foley, recently blogged about Microsoft's lack of innovation. Her post "Microsoft's Challenge: Innovation, Innovation, Innovation" wondered out loud whether Microsoft would ever be able to recapture its ability to develop innovative products. Mary Jo points to the behemoth size of the company and the political infighting that drains resources from what should be the main strategic focus — better, fresher products and growing market share.
I believe there are many creative people working for Microsoft, but, because of the large corporate culture, they are stymied from true innovation. And, until that culture changes, Microsoft will rely on the twin cash cows of Windows and Office to keep them afloat. I am not convinced that Microsoft will be able to change its culture to allow the risk necessary for innovation.
But, the real question is what do you think? When it comes to product innovation and creating new markets, how far behind has Microsoft fallen? Do you think the company will ever become a great innovator, creating new products and developing new markets?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.