Right now, Microsoft is treading water. Has been for tenure of Steve Balmer's reign.
Having said that, I'm still waiting to hear more about his "resignation" which I had suspected wasn't because of the way things have been going at Microsoft in the last few years, the reception of its products to compete with Apple's iPhone and iPad and Google's Android and search.
Meanwhile, I'll doing a running update on today and maybe this week's headlines on Microsoft's future, Steve Balmer's resignation, and anything else that might be interesting.
First, headlines dumping on Balmer:
- Ballmer Departure From Microsoft Was More Sudden Than Portrayed by the Company (allthingsD): provides some color on the behind the scene events in Redmond leading to the resignation.
- The Rise and Fall of Windows Mobile, Under Ballmer(NYT): Balmer on the iPhone in 2007 - how Windows Mobile's 60% market share went down to where Windows Phone is today at around 4%. And this 4%? It's mostly in emerging markets and markets where Apple and Samsung probably aren't targeting all that hard because they probably cannot sell enough high-end devices to justify a strong presence.
Those above are the nice ones. You don't even wanna hear what the Android and Apple bloggers are saying. Not surprisingly, most are pulling for a resurgence of Microsoft. Why? Because competition is good for us regular mobile warriors.