News Factor: Is Microsoft Spread Too Thin?

My spin: And this is one STRENGTH of Microsoft’s competitor’s. They (Intuit, BEST Software, ACCPAC, and many others) usually concentrate on one genre of product/service offering.
Microsoft has been extremely successful, if not entirely sportsmanlike, in establishing a dominant hold over its core market. However, the company’s ventures into new territory have had less stunningly positive outcomes. And when a software company starts to offer watches, one has to wonder if it is starting to lose sight of its core business. Is Microsoft spread too thin? Certainly, the company has deep enough pockets to manage its disparate business ventures, but does it have sufficient expertise and imagination? (full story)