Debating the worth and competitive edge of Microsoft products from Window 8.1 to Xbox to the Office Suite.

This article titled “Microsoft Windows 8.1: is the company finally waking up to the competition?” was written by Dan Gillmor, for guardian.co.uk on Friday 28th June 2013 17.50 UTC

Students and young adults can't remember, and probably can't imagine, the time when Microsoft ruled major swaths of the technology world with an iron fist. They've grown up with digital gear powered by software from a variety of companies, of which Microsoft is only one.

Unlike them, I find myself marveling at a host of recent missteps by the software giant. Too much of the old arrogance remains, but Microsoft has almost always, even if belatedly and sometimes only part-way, learned from its mistakes.

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