Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 25th Jan 2007 22:43 UTC
Microsoft With holiday PC sales apparently unscathed by the lack of Windows Vista, Microsoft reported quarterly earnings Thursday that topped expectations and its own forecast. The software giant said it earned USD 2.63 billion, or 26 cents per share, on revenue of USD 12.54 billion, for the three months ended December 31. That compares with earnings of USD 3.65 billion, or 34 cents per share, on revenue of USD 11.83 billion for the same quarter a year ago.
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RE: Immune to market fluctuations...
by tman on Fri 26th Jan 2007 19:29 UTC in reply to "Immune to market fluctuations..."
tman
Member since:
2007-01-26

Apple's problem was hardware lock in. You had to buy an actual complete set up. At the time there was only one machine with limited resources. Microsoft found a way to duplicate their software across many clonable PCs. So MS DOS/Windows ran on IBM, Hewlett Packard, Packard Bell, Compaq, etc... For every clone 5 clone PCs out there, there were 1 Macintosh. It was IBM that really screwed up with OS2/Warp that could have cut MS off. Not Apple.

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rcsteiner Member since:
2005-07-12

IBM screwed up in some respects, yes, but Microsoft made it almost impossible for them to compete even if they hadn't screwed up.

Warp was an excellent product from both technical and usability standpoints, and the price was also right for a long time, but a rival OS cannot stand if the hardware vendrs won't support it and the major application ISVs won't support it due to exclusivity contracts signed with the dominant OS vendor.

The reality is a lot more complicated than "IBM screwed up"...

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