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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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by TemporalBeing on Mon 15th Feb 2010 18:07 UTC
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For years now, I've been amused by those "Microsoft will die at the hands of Apple and Linux!" claims people have been making (and continue to make) on the internet. I think these people fail to realise just how incredibly stable the income stream is from the Windows and Office cashcows, and just how much Microsoft is really worth.

You may be amused, but it is your lack of understanding of the markets. Sure they may seem stable, but if anything destabilizes it - the whole boatload sinks.

The "Office" and "Server and Tools" divisions require the stability of the "Windows" division. If they lost the Windows division, the other two would be equally devastated. This could be mitigated if Microsoft ported those things (e.g. Office) to other platforms (besides Mac, in the case of Office); but Microsoft won't do that. Their arrogance will be their downfall.

Those that see Microsoft failing in the future also see a coming significant decline in the use of Windows and Office - the mainstays of Microsoft.

ODF right now is eating Microsoft's lunch in the Format-war. Sure, it's not out in the open any more, but Microsoft is not winning any national standards with OOXML - everyone is turning to ODF. That means, their Office empire is threatened aside from its Windows foundation. Give people the opportunity to use a difference office suite (IBM Lotus Symphony, OpenOffice, KOffice, etc.) and they'll eventually move from Windows too if their other software allowed them.

It's just a matter of time. Microsoft will not be dominant forever. Their days are numbered. Who replaces them is a different matter, but it will likely be ODF-based for the file format, and Linux-based for the OS.

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