Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 9th Oct 2012 22:01 UTC
Microsoft Steve Ballmer's annual letter to shareholders makes it very clear Microsoft is at a point of no return - and in the middle of a transition into a hardware company. "This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves - as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses." Line. Sand.
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RE[5]: OEMs deserve to suffer
by ichi on Wed 10th Oct 2012 15:34 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: OEMs deserve to suffer"
ichi
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They're all pretty much there to enable their hardware.


None of those I listed above.

They have loads of enterprise monitoring products and "business solutions" that have nothing to do at all with their hardware.

Even less so now that pretty much everything is deployed on virtual machines and you don't even have to go buying blades for each software product.

The consumer market is different, but I think that on the business area they are making far more profit on licenses and services than on iron.

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