I just came across this article in Business Week on "How to fix Microsoft".
There are some very interesting ideas in the article though I do not agree with all of those suggestions.
1. Take the lead on privacy - Sure is an interesting suggestion and one that is very much doable by MS. Esp. since IE is by far one of the most commonly used browsers and also can help MS combat Firefox in that front. And a anonymous mode sure will hit Google from the Ad revenue perspective, which I assume would also be something that will be of interest to Microsoft.
2. Build software around the way we actually use computers - Though the suggestion is valid, I don’t think it is a easy thing to do. What people use, varies?
One of the most common examples people use is Word and point out how it has such complex options that nobody will use every option.
It an option that is very important for me, is maybe useless to someone else.
3. The cloud is the computer - This is the one suggestion with which I am least in agreement to. I know cloud is now an "in" thing. But both from a security standpoint and reliability standpoint I think desktops have a long life ahead. I still remember how a couple of years ago, when the internet was the "in" thing how the PC's demise was predicted and how the "Network PC" actually died. I would not use the cloud for very important and secure stuff as well as things to which I need access, wherever I am, connected or not.
But I do find the Cloud VM idea very interesting. It is interesting from running apps from anywhere perspective. But there are ways to do stuff like that today. When you VPN into your office and remote desktop to your PC you are doing something similar.