Yesterday I got around to reading Paul Graham’s Microsoft is Dead, and it definitely was an interesting read.
I don’t necessarily agree with all that he writes, and you do need to take the perspective he’s coming from with a grain of salt, but he does make some good points. Looking back on the latest year, the best, most talented people I’ve worked with (with some possible exception) have not used Microsoft software, or used any Microsoft programming language or environment.
Basically, it feels just as Microsoft were late to understand the power of Internet and coming fairly late into the web browser game with Internet Explorer, this time around they’ve totally missed the train with applications on the web, failing to make the transition from a software giant to what they need to be to make a noticeable difference.
Microsoft indeed has some talented people aboard, and skilled people do work with Microsoft technologies, but is it the future? The path to go?
I doubt it.