It's the end of the world as we know it

<img alt="thumb_white.gif" src="" width="153" height="102" align="right" hspace="2" vspace="2" /Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo has got myself and my fellow bloggers somewhat stimulated. There are assertations from Cliff and Jean-Paul that this is the end of MS as we know it. I agree to a small extent, but for me it is a leading indicator of something new. In a similar way to devices – if you can see and feel it then you are handling something that is out of date – Microsoft, like IBM, Cisco et all have been heavily re-inventing themselves over the past couple of years and what we see today making news is a pre-requisite to enable the new beasts that will emerge from the carcasses of the past.

Twenty years ago we were still recovering from the October stock market crash. This article demonstrates how many mighty companies have fallen over the intervening double decade. Many new corporate behemonths have emerged due to geo-political forces, others have sustained themselves by evolving, smart enterprises continue to learn from the 1987 shock and more recent unexpected economic events.

In the past I have been critical of IBM and Microsoft because of poor decisions taken and implemented and how they adversley affected my colleagues and myself. However right now there is a delta to the change that we have not seen for some time.

It’s not about Open Standards (even that term is fraught with varying nuances of meaning) or whether suddenly Yahoo and its surround technolgy satellites will become key cheerleaders for Windows, I don’t think either of these cases are the motivation here – to me it is about pure competition. On one hand, Microsoft has to compete with Google on the desktop and on the others its about SaaS where Microsoft has to complete with IBM, Oracle and such like.

The corporate chess game is in full swing right now, many more pieces are going to fall and it will still not be over.