Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 21:18 UTC
Microsoft "Although Bill Gates stepped away from his day-to-day role at Microsoft nearly five years ago, he still keeps a close eye on the company he co-founded - and he isn't always happy with what he sees. During a recent interview broadcast this morning on CBS This Morning, the Microsoft chairman was asked by Charlie Rose whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer's performance as chief executive. Noting that there have been 'many amazing things' accomplished under Ballmer's leadership in the past couple of years, Gates said he was not satisfied with the company's innovations." It's impossible to deny by this point that Microsoft hasn't done well in mobile. It would be more surprising if Gates had denied it.
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RE[4]: Comment by lucas_maximus
by tanzam75 on Tue 19th Feb 2013 07:22 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by lucas_maximus"
tanzam75
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IBM fading away?? Let's compare financial returns between IBM and Microsoft for the past 10 years, shall we?


You have plotted IBM's stock price against MSFT's stock price. That tells you nothing about how well the company has done financially. All it does is indicate how the stock market perceives each company.

Since the end of 2007, IBM's stock price has clearly outperformed MSFT's.

However, when you look at actual financial performance, you see something quite different. Microsoft's financial results have clearly outperformed IBM's over the past ten years.

Operating income, net income, dividends, net cash, you name it. On all of these bottom-line metrics, Microsoft has done better than IBM over the past ten years.

Here, have a look for yourself:

IBM's annual reports: http://www.ibm.com/annualreport/
Microsoft's annual reports: http://www.microsoft.com/investor/AnnualReports/default.aspx

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