"Like Microsoft, Intel is often seen as an "800 pound gorilla,"
beating its chest atop a mountain of fallen foes. Yet, neither
Intel nor Microsoft gained stature defending ground.
"When desktop publishing proved a single file management
metaphor (folders) could work pervasively across a whole OS,
Microsoft ate Apple's lunch, with Windows 95. When the Internet era
showed browsing mattered, Microsoft wasn't caught napping long.
"For Intel's part, the displacement of desktops by notebooks was
a biggie. Another example? The Internet server boom opened the door
to all kinds of RISCy ventures, before Intel gained the upper hand.
Then it chased the pretenders a ways up trail, contesting
high-performance computing via Itanium. That'll teach 'em.
"So it's kind of an irony, but Intel and Microsoft have stayed
on top not by defending territory, but by winning or competing well
in important emerging segments."
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