Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 16:39 UTC
Microsoft With the end of the year in sight, the great list-making time has come upon us. Newsweek makes ten predictions for 2010, and at number 9, they predict the end of the road for Steve Ballmer at Microsoft. I never really thought about it that much, but if you line up Microsoft's failures over the past years, it's actually a miracle his head hasn't rolled yet.
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A few more numbers would be nice ..
by kragil on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 18:13 UTC
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

X360 doing well? Not from what I read .. it may work well in Thoms living room, but insane failure rate + extended waranty and piracy are hurting the bottom line.

But MS is still a real superpower (like no other), Windows (despite Vista) is still on nearly all Computers sold (minorities like OSX and Linux have just a handful of % worldwide and don't really count).

And business product like SQL Server and Sharepoint go from strength to strength, so is Office (although most business users don't like the new interface. They just hate change.) But hey, something got to do really well to make billions each quarter while dumping truck loads of cash into Bing, Zune etc.

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Karitku Member since:
2006-01-12

X360 doing well? Not from what I read .. it may work well in Thoms living room, but insane failure rate + extended waranty and piracy are hurting the bottom line.

X360 is doing profit pretty nicely nowdays. Also it still leads PS3 on sale figures (atleast whole saled units), game sales are generally better or same as PS3 and they make profit from Live service unlike Sony which is trying in future. I think last quarter report whole Media & Entertaiment was said to be bright spot of quarter. Sure it's nowhere near Nintendos Wii fairy story but compared to PS3 they are doing fine.

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thavith_osn Member since:
2005-07-11

What I find interesting is that MS has 80 - 90% of the market, yet Apple (who back in 1997 was on the verge of death) is now worth $180 billion, MS is $250 billion...

So maybe market share isn't all it is cracked up to be, just a though...

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malxau Member since:
2005-12-04

What I find interesting is that MS has 80 - 90% of the market, yet Apple (who back in 1997 was on the verge of death) is now worth $180 billion, MS is $250 billion... So maybe market share isn't all it is cracked up to be, just a though...


Or maybe stock valuations aren't all they're cracked up to be - just a thought ;) .

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