Bill Gates Vision for Microsoft Leads to World Domination Despite Setbacks
- Bill Gates saw the potential of personal computers and understood that people wanted to have their own PCs
- He convinced IBM to use Microsoft’s software, MS-DOS, in their PC and created a royalty agreement that allowed Microsoft to make more money
- Microsoft then developed Windows for Warships, which was used in US Navy Vessels, but suffered setbacks due to errors
- Despite this setback, Microsoft became the world’s biggest company and had military contracts.
Microsofts Missteps and Misadventures: The Story of Land Warrior
- Microsoft had once been a dominant force in the Computing industry
- Under Steve Ballmer’s leadership, Microsoft lost its core identity and failed to adapt with the introduction of consumer Internet and mobile devices
- The company attempted to make up for its losses by introducing products such as the Zune, Windows Phone, and Bing, none of which were successful
- The military had identified that technology was transforming battlefields and created the Soldier’s Computer Project
- This project eventually became Land Warrior but it was plagued with problems due to its reliance on consumer hardware
- Despite burning through resources and being criticized by soldiers, the project survived due to William Owens’ influence.
Microsofts Journey From Land Warrior to Jedi: A Look at Trumps Role
- William Owen advocated for the use of network-centric warfare
- Land Warrior was deployed in Iraq in 2005, but soldiers didn’t like it
- Microsoft partnered with the Army to develop ivas, but faced problems
- Azure cloud computing platform helped Microsoft gain traction which led to them winning the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (Jedi) project contract over Amazon
- President Trump may have influenced the decision by contacting Secretary of Defense General Mattis.
Microsofts Decades-Long Alliance With U.S. Military Strengthens Despite Failed Jedi Contract Bid
- Microsoft has been doing business with the US Department of Defense (DOD) for decades, recently signing a 5-year, $1 billion contract
- Microsoft was well positioned to win the Jedi contract, but it didn’t
- Ultimately, the DOD cancelled the 10 billion dollar deal and replaced it with a 9 billion project split between four companies, of which Microsoft got a piece
- Microsoft’s alliance with the military is based on principles that understand allies and destroy enemies
- Microsoft excels in building products tailored to enterprise customers and provides Windows 10 and associated hardware to the military more than any other tech company
- Microsoft has become indispensable to the U.S. military as it runs on Windows XL spreadsheets and the Microsoft cloud.