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Who's the next Microsoft? Google or Apple?

Once upon a time, nine of every ten systems ran Microsoft Windows operating system. Microsoft was then the tycoon megalith in the world of computers and internet.

Times have changed. Open source operating systems like Linux, and others from Sun, Macintosh have eaten into Microsoft's share. The monopoly that lent Microsoft the ability to bull-doze opponents is no more available. Microsoft, though, is still a megalith.

In this age of internet and iphones -- two new monoliths are aiming to become the next megalith. Google and Apple.

Anyone, who wants to find some piece of info on the internet, uses the "Google" search engine. This has sort of made Google omnipresent in every computer that is connected to the net. Google is used as the gateway by the people to reach the sites they want to view. Only a few people use other search engines like that of Yahoo! or Bing. By introducing more products like the GMail mail service provider integrated with the voice and video enabled Google-Talk instant messaging service, Google is trying to push all kinds of competition out of the way. The Chrome browser and much awaited Chrome OS will help spread Google’s influence much further and wider.

Apple, slowly but steadily is occupying the laptop and high-end performance desktops by offering quality products - the Macintosh operating system or Mac OS and the Macbooks, desktops etc... If that's not all, Apple has also taken mobile computing to the next level - first with the launch of the iPhone series of mobile phones with a custom built OS for cell phones and innumerable apps to customize each phone and next with the iPad. Though the iPad is yet to receive connectivity like that in mobile phones, it is still a powerful product.

Both Google and Apple, by cashing in on the support the markets provide them globally, are in a way trying to take control in the same way Microsoft did. They are trying to enforce THEIR whims on the whole community that utilizes them.

Also, both these organizations have been on a buying spree. Google especially has been literally gobbling up companies, (not unlike the "pac-man") with around a dozen acquisitions completed already in 2010!

It is yet to be seen if either of these brands or anyone else, will become the next market megalith...


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