Google and Microsoft want to be like Apple and Facebook : Don't please someone, please everyone !
They are all in a phase of integration, instead of diversification in the name of simplicity.
But over generalization is as bad as over specialization.
In other word, the only guy that these companies wants to pleased is called everyone.
And now they are just telling to the guy called someone to do like everyone does and just shut up.
They started by making sharing feeds on google reader harder by integrating G+ on google reader. (so much harder than I just stopped sharing)
And now they are calling blogs dead... just follow google+.
So now, I'm just not using their product anymore. (Thanks FeedDemon)
Both companies are killing their best product just because everyone is not using it...
For Microsoft it was Silverlight, windows desktop and XNA for HTML5. All great products.
Are they all getting mad ?
Who is pulling the strings ?
Who is brain washing these leaders into followers ?
If everyone is not calling them leaders, does not means that someone did not think it.
Now both everyone and someone are convinced that they are like a captain of a ship without sail bragging orders during the storm... Just powerless.
They now look like our politicians making fun of the competition, while doing exactly the same things as them. Different terms, same idea, same strategy.
It reminds me when IBM made Apple believe than closing their systems was better, then switching their strategy once they believed it. Who will be the first to diversify again ?
The diversification and generalization cycle is common to the life of all organism, company, market, or people are alike. These companies are now in the middle of the integration phase, and that's not a good time for geeks like me !