What Microsoft's changing fortunes show is that the marketplace still works. One company can dominate for a long time, but rivals with superior technologies or maybe just superior marketing can arise and succeed. Microsoft will continue being a big player on the desktop and in the enterprise. It is also can be expected to grab a greater share of the handheld device space, too, especially as BlackBerry's attempt to regain its former glory appears to have fizzled.
But these days, the technology buzz has decisively shifted away from Redmond and back to Silicon Valley, where Google and Apple reside.
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