What happens when Microsoft has lost the University undergradutes? #

We’ll find out in about five to ten years by looking at their bottom line, but right now it’s not looking good for Microsoft. If the next generation of University graduates only really want Excel once a month for some heavy lifting of numbers, that’s not going to be enough.

I spend time at a few universities, including MIT and CU Boulder… I noticed a bunch of students with their email open during class – almost every one of them was using Gmail…

I don’t focus on market share dynamics (I’m sure there are teams of people at Microsoft and Google focused on this) but the anecdotal evidence I’m seeing is powerful. And when The College switches to Google Apps because the students coming to The College are already well steeped in it and “may have never opened Microsoft Word”, something really interesting is going on.

Comments are closed.