Is Microsoft looking for another area of investment? Well, it sure looks like it, for they have just placed a bid on Yahoo which may be a sign of them trying to diversify and try to catch some action on the search engine part of the internet. The well publicized bid will make Microsoft more part of everyday computing and the internet that it already is. This move would bolster their already well-known market dominance with their operating systems such as Vista (the latest addition to their Windows series of operating systems), Xbox (their bid to get some share of the gaming market previously dominated by Sony with their PlayStation Series) and the many other products such as Microsoft Office.
Bill Gates has left the company onto another’s hand which spelled the end of his prominence in the PC and computer industry but he is not expected to fade out soon for he is still looked at by many as the father of the Windows empire. If they indeed succeed with their bid for expansion, they will add yahoo to their already diverse list of markets on the IT industry which they have a cut of. This would also add more hatred to those people termed as the rebels of the IT world who have hated windows and it’s tight grip on the internet and computing industry as a whole.
Hackers have made it known again and again that they will continue to pester and bring headaches to the company which has resulted in many well publicized attacks causing the company millions of dollars in lost revenue. Their problems with the Xbox and Xbox live, also proved to be a hard pickle to swallow for the problems of the Christmas season when their high-tech gaming network system ground to a halt, to the dismay of many a players and subscribers. They managed to get out of it promising a free game for all their clients which should have instead earned revenue. More would be expected on Microsoft as they enter a new year filled with challenges and hurdles but they will always be a presence on the computer industry. This might also turn out to be a bad choice for they already have their resources stretched too thin with successive problems with their products. They might have to stick with what they do best which is to focus on their OS systems rather that diversify and expand. Well, we’ll see this year if their strategy for expansion works or not.