Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Feb 2010 22:55 UTC
Microsoft Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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RE: The sales parallel each other?
by Timmmm on Sat 13th Feb 2010 12:05 UTC in reply to "The sales parallel each other?"
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Isn't it kind of funny that all of the sales parallel each other?

Yeah, either that or its a stacked area graph. I thought that "there's nothing like a clear graph" was a joke! This is one of the least clear graphs I've ever seen!

1. The y axis isn't labelled correctly. Should be Billions of dollars *per year* (or month or whatever).
2. I suspect it *is* a stacked area graph. It doesn't say, but they do show filled areas rather than lines, and the 'office' and 'servers and tools' areas don't vary in width at all really.
3. If it is a stacked area graph, wtf is going on with 'entertainment and devices'? Seriously?

Business week seems to be somewhat shit at graphs... for example check this so-called graph out:

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