The big loser this week, though, was Microsoft. They’re simply not even part of the game. RIM looms large, as BlackBerrys continue to reign as the best-selling smartphones in the U.S. But Microsoft? They’ve got nothing. No interesting devices, weak sales, and a shrinking user base. Microsoft’s irrelevance is taken for granted.
As usual, John Gruber nails it. Microsoft really has no chance at catching up with either Apple or Google at this point, and it’s pretty stunning. They entered the game way too late, and, as far as I know, it’s still going to be a while before the first Windows Phone 7 handsets come out. They’ve already lost the mobile war.
However, as Gruber mentions, things between Apple and Google are getting very interesting. While I admittedly have not been all that satisfied with my Droid experience so far, it’s a promising platform, and I really love how much Google is pushing cloud technology. A cell phone should operate completely separate from a computer, and that’s something Apple just hasn’t done right yet.
Google has a great selection of tips on how to make your website faster. I posted a little while back about several frontend optimizations I’ve made to make my site faster.
Anil Dash takes a look at recent Google developments and decides they’ve reached their “Microsoft Moment”:
Is Google evil? It doesn’t matter. They’ve reached the point of corporate ambition and changing corporate culture that means they’re going to be perceived as if they are. Whether they’re able to truly internalize that lesson, accept it, and act accordingly will determine if they’re able to extend their dominance in the years to come.
Google Chrome is now available, and I would be super excited, but, alas, it’s only for Windows for the time being. Oh well.
Google is apparently releasing their own browser today, named “Google Chrome.” While I doubt it will be as good as Firefox or Safari at first, I’m guessing Google has some tricks up their sleeves as far as integration with their existing services (Gmail, Google Talk, etc.), so I’m really excited to test Chrome out when it’s released.