Microsoft on Comeback Trail
It's got some 'just plain great' products, writes Farhad Manjoo
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jan 11, 2012 1:50 PM CST
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talks about Windows 8 during his keynote address at the 2012 International CES trade show Jan. 9 in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

(Newser) – Believe it or not, 2012 could be the year of Microsoft. No, really. "I'll say it: I'm bullish on Microsoft in 2012," writes Farhad Manjoo of Slate. "For the first time in forever, Microsoft has a couple major products that are not merely good enough. They're just plain great." He thinks Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 are showstoppers. The former happens to power the sexiest phone at CES, Nokia's Lumia 900, and the latter has a touch-friendly, tablet-ready interface.

"I'll admit that this is all more than a bit speculative," he says. Microsoft could still be derailed by its perpetual inherent flaws: Clinging too hard to its still-healthy desktop business, and relying on third-party hardware manufacturers. But this will soon be a company "with a killer mobile and desktop OS," an existing presence in millions of homes, unparalleled distribution, and ample cash. "When you put it that way, Microsoft almost sounds as good as Apple, doesn’t it?"

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Jan 13, 2012 4:37 PM CST
Hey guys, my Windows 7 explorer only crashed 2 times today! 2012 is THE YEAR for Microsoft. Windows Phone 9 is going to be a big success. It's a winner. I can feel it! YAY!
Jan 11, 2012 5:07 PM CST
Ick. Somebody, anybody, please, stop paying this guy for his writing. I've tried to actually read some of the nonsense opinions he's written in the past at Slate & even back when Salon published him, the stuff always made me wonder "Who out there actually thinks this is worth paying for to publish it?" I have no idea how many times I've read him make a prediction & they never turn out like he says they are going to. Yet nobody ever seems to follow up on his many misfires, and the guy has been a technology expert-guest on the PBS News Hour of all shows. People, get a clue, the dude is a cheer-leading shill who couldn't spot a trend if it came up on him as he was walking towards it & bit him in the face. Make him go away, please. Silence these nonsense columns he comes up with, send him back to marketing school or something, make him get into another line of work lol (give us a break already)
Jan 11, 2012 4:38 PM CST
When they start making software that is retro compatible again then we can start talking. Until then, Nope!