Is Microsoft going the way of Kodak?



Posted on June 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 11 at 5:58 PM

SEATTLE -  There used to be a time when Kodak was synonymous with pictures. That all but went away with digital technology. Now a New York Times editorial is comparing the old photo behemoth's downfall to our own software giant Microsoft.

"I don't think it's a fair analogy," says Seattle Times Technology reporter Sharon Pian Chan.

Pian Chan says it's true Microsoft is finding its way again, but comparing it to Kodak?

"That would be like if Microsoft made notebooks and refused to make software," she said.
Take one step into Microsoft's Bellevue storefront and it's obvious the software company is trying to compete with the likes of Apple and Google by diversifying.

"Microsoft used to have the monopoly on computing because computing was all about the PC and the PC was all about Windows," says Pian Chan.

Now there is the Windows phone, Bing and XBox Kinect. Is it enough?
"I rely on my Microsoft every day," said customer Sam.

Abdi Nikkhoui has another view.

"Microsoft is still in the game but they're getting left behind," said Nikkhoui.
There are certainly more competitors and Microsoft is one of the biggest in the game, but is the New York Times right? Will we soon see the giant fall?

Pian Chan says no way. "I don't think we're ready to bury the PC yet."

For a full view of the NY Times editorial: