Merely decade ago, we were just getting used to the idea that Apple would survive as an independent company. Now it’s the most valuable business in the world.
Microsoft, on the other hand, went from being the dominant player with monopoly power to the gang that couldn’t shoot straight. They’ve seemed to miss every major trend, stumbling, bumbling and putting out inferior products.
The funny thing is, among all the failures and screw-ups, Balmer and team seem to have finally put all the pieces together to gear up for a major resurgence. Over the next few years, it looks like Apple and Google will be the ones playing catch up. Right under our noses, Microsoft might just be pulling of one of the great turnarounds in history.