It’s getting mighty interesting in the tech world at the moment, from a technological and legal perspective.
- Apple suing HTC (and google indirectly)
- Nokia suing Apple
- Apple countersuing Nokia
- Kodak is suing Apple
- Apple hiring Snyder to sort out their growing security wooes
- Apple getting very frosty with Adobe
- Apple clamping down on the App store (no boobs please we’re british)
- Google being investigated by the EU
In fact just Google ‘Apple being sued’ (in quotes) and you will get back 300,000 results
Theirs ‘trouble at mill’ folks and this all appears to be playing in to Microsoft’s hand.
Microsoft are getting good press on Windows 7 and Windows Phone 7. Bing seems to be pretty good and is (slowly) gaining market share. With the Microsoft/Yahoo a done deal this can only get better.
Plain and simple, Apple are just not getting good press at the moment. Steve Jobs ego seems to be getting in the way of sop called on innovation and innovation seems to be ok with Apple only if you do it how Apple wants it to be done. This quote from Adobe regarding Apple posted on the Gizmodo site is very interesting reading. For the most part I agree with Adobe, the behaviour of Apple is concerning.
But I want to be very clear. My concern isn’t just about Flash on the iPad. It’s about a disturbing trend where Apple is starting to inhibit broad categories of innovation on their platforms. On the iPad, it looks like developers won’t be able to write applications in Java, .net, Python, Ruby, Perl, or any number of other languages (including Flash). And users won’t be able to install Firefox, Opera, IE, or any third party browser. There are countless other examples of applications and technologies that Apple doesn’t allow. Why? Apple won’t say.
And innovation isn’t just about technology, it’s also about business models. Developers on this new platform aren’t able to innovate there either. At best, developers targeting the iPad are subject to a 30% Apple Tax in the App Store. And at worst, developers invest time and money building a product that can never be brought to market, because the only channel is one that is centrally controlled and entirely opaque. In every case, Apple is a gatekeeper on how developers are able to deliver content to their consumers.
Over time, restrictions on technology and business opportunity have a chilling effect on innovation on closed platforms.
But all that aside, on to the good news
Things are looking good for Microsoft. The focus has been taken off them by all this legal mumbo jumbo and they are delivering some good product. Still to early to tell with Windows Phone 7 but things are looking good. If they deliver like they did with Windows 7 then good times are ahead.
Finally it looks like Microsoft can let the others deal with all the legal hassles, being seasoned veterans at legal issues and get on with product.
Have fun Apple, looks like your all grown up now.