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Microsoft Should Bow Out Of The Hardware Biz And Focus On Its Strength: Software

Posted on Tuesday, August 13 @ 10:29:56 Eastern by Alex_Osborn


Microsoft is first and foremost a software company. It is responsible for Windows, the most widely used computer operating system. While Windows 8 has proven to be a point of contention among many PC users, no one can deny the Big M's talents when it comes to creating software. Just look at the Xbox 360 dashboard and how much more advanced it is compared to the competition. Even the blade system, which launched back in 2005, still outclasses today's XMB on the PlayStation 3. The same can be said for Microsoft's innovation in the online space. Sony is still playing catchup to what Microsoft introduced to the world of gaming several years ago. 

However, the same cannot be said for the company's actual hardware. The original Xbox was a behemoth of a console and a total eyesore, followed a few years later by the Xbox 360 and its red ring fiasco. Now we will soon have the Xbox One, a massive two-toned rectangle that the Big M clearly has no idea what to do with. Microsoft has become so preoccupied with integrating all sorts of hardware (like you cable box and Kinect) that it has lost sight of why it found success with the Xbox 360 despite the console's incredibly high failure rate. 

Instead of touting the power of Kinect only to double back on its need to be plugged in at all times, Microsoft should be showing us why its OS is going to blow away the competition, while also touting its exclusive gaming content. Better yet, the company should drop out of the hardware business entirely and just develop the software that powers the PlayStation platform. 

Sony knows how to make quality hardware. Microsoft is adept at creating compelling software. Put the two together and you may very well have a match made in heaven. Mind you, this isn't some unprecedented line of thinking, as Sony's line of VAIO computers all run Windows. Imagine if you could have the reliability of Sony's hardware coupled with a user-friendly interface rich with apps, social features, and more that ultimately enhance one's gaming experience. Sounds quite nice, doesn't it?


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