May 11, 2006

Platform vs Product

An excellent article by Walt Mossberg in today's WSJ summarizes one of the core strategic tensions in the tech business:

Which works better? A focus on platform? Or a focus on products?

Microsoft has always bet on one; Apple on the other. Although the 1990s saw the dramatic victory of platforms over products in the PC business, Mossberg points to both the iPod and Xbox and observes that perhaps now the tide is turning the other way. (Here is iTunes vs API in Google Trends.)

Which way should a search engine company be run?

Posted by David at May 11, 2006 08:13 AM
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