"Part of its problem may be that its ability to intrigue and
attract software developers is also waning, which threatens its
ability to steer markets over the long term. When it comes to
electronic devices, people writing software have turned their
attention to platforms from Apple and Google.
"Meanwhile, young technology companies today rely on free,
open-source business software rather than Microsoft's products, so
young students, soon to be looking for jobs, have embraced
open-source software as well.
""Microsoft is totally off the radar of the cool, hip,
cutting-edge software developers," said Tim O'Reilly, who publishes
a popular line of software development guides.
""And they are largely out of the consciousness of your average
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