Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 4th Apr 2008 21:51 UTC
Windows Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said on Friday he expected the new version of Windows operating software, code-named Windows 7, to be released "sometime in the next year or so". The software giant has been aiming to issue more regular updates of the operating system software that powers the majority of the world's personal computers. Nevertheless, Gates' comments suggested that a successor to the Vista program might be released sooner than was generally expected.
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by dsuse on Mon 7th Apr 2008 00:59 UTC
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Vista development cost = $10B USD
Vista profits to date = (very poor)
MS profits from all sources (2007) = $4.7B USD

Potential cost of Yahoo to MS = $44B USD
Less annual income of Yahoo = $660 M USD

Annual loss of market share to Apple = 5% (guess at $1B)
Annual loss of market share to Linux = 5% (guess at $1B)

Estimated development cost of "Windows 7" ~ $8B USD
(assuming they recycle some of the very popular Vista code)
MS balance sheet = -58B USD for 2009 or so (not including the possible devaluation and abandonment of Yahoo after any MS acquisition, and further multi-billion dollar lawsuits from the E.U. re: the usual MS antics and blatant OOXML ISO manipulation/bribery)

Recommendation: sell your MS shares NOW, and invest in open source technology that has a future.

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