Microsoft taking a lesson from Wal-Mart.

by John Wilker in Business, I am a Consumer, Mac, Technology

I’d say the end is nigh, but for Microsoft to be hiring a Wal-Mart exec to manage their (third? second?) retail store, the end is about 100 yeards back there some where.

I gotta say, Microsoft’s problems are many, and large, and it’s sad that they’re going down a path of copying Apple (poorly), rather than actually working to fix the problems. Dell and Gateway both thought (to their own detriment) that a retail store was the savior of their business. Now it seems Microsoft is doing the same.

PC makers, Microsoft, listen to us, we’re mac people. IT’S NOT THE STORE.

It’s the entire package.

It’s the OS that wasn’t a shitty re-write of System 7,8 or 9

It’s the hardware that isn’t plastic, that feels sturdy in your hand.

It’s the genius bar that will help my mom eject a DVD and help me troubleshoot a faulty Wireless card.

Throwing open a store front to sell Office 2009, Windows 7, and a bunch of lame keyboards and mice, NOT THE SOLUTION.

Oh and hiring someone from Wal-Mart? Really? Is that the image Microsoft wants? Low quality low price leader? Vlasic pickles in 2 gallon jars? Failed MP3 store?

Microsoft has officially jumped the shark I’m afraid.

Windows 7 looks nice, i’ll admit, I played with the beta a bit, but really, Microsoft needs to follow Apple’s lead. START OVER. Sure Apple didn’t start from scratch, Microsoft doesn’t have to either, buy some one else, some one with a better product (that would be anyone), make it Windows X or something.

5 Responses to “Microsoft taking a lesson from Wal-Mart.”

  1. Brent says:

    I think you're right. Apple is a culture compared to Microsofts "product." Unfortunately it seems the only way they will learn is the hard way.

  2. John Wilker says:

    Yeah truly. It's definitely sad that Microsoft can't figure it out, but keeps copying and trying, while missing the key points.

  3. I tend to think that Microsoft has a pattern of looking at what others have done and copying them very well.

    Although I don't see a benefit in a MS store; I'm ready to claim it as being a dumb move / failure right out of the gate.

  4. Had a funny thought…what happens when they next hire a McDonald's exec.

    They'll probably have some catchy new slogan…. "Mmmm'Soft"

    Well, it might soften their image a bit. But frankly, I think M$ needs to fire Steve Ballmer. He's running Microsoft into the ground.

  5. John Wilker says:

    Yeah, they're clearly in the "let's make minor changes and hope one has a huge impact" phase of denial. Next will come the, "Let's shake things up a lot, and reboot the company" that phase will see a new M$ that's better, stronger, faster than the old. Until then we just look at them with pity and shake our heads.

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