By Harry McCracken | Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at 12:18 pm
My weekly Technologizer column for TIME.com is about Microsoft, and whether it can regain the mojo it had back when the tech universe unquestionably revolved around the PC. The jury is still very much out. But between Windows 7, Windows Phone 7, Bing, and Internet Explorer 9, the company is less the sleeping giant it was a few years ago, and more of a giant running at a decent clip–for a giant, I mean–and in the right general direction, at least.
Of course, I could have written another seven hundred words on stuff Microsoft apparently hasn’t figured out yet. It hasn’t articulated a plausible strategy for tablets, for instance–by which I mean that “Windows 7 is the best tablet operating system” just isn’t going to cut it. (In this case, I suspect there’s a very strong chance that the company is closer to having its act together than its public statements would suggest, and just doesn’t want to say much until it has more to show.) I also think that the company is still struggling with the whole concept of low-cost browser-based Office suites; it doesn’t want to be the company that proves it’s possible to build one so good that traditional desktop-based Office looks unnecessary.
Anyhow, here’s a silly little poll. Please take it and share further thoughts in the comments…