Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 29th Jan 2010 16:26 UTC
Microsoft Microsoft presented the results for its second quarter of the 2010 fiscal year yesterday, which ended on December 29 2009. As it turns out, thanks to sales of Windows 7, Microsoft experienced a record quarter, which is especially welcome after the previous two lacklustre ones. It sold 60 million Windows 7 licenses during this record quarter.
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REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

Microsoft only really shines when it has to work for it which is why we have had lackluster releases from Windows XP to Windows Vista.

Microsoft have the skills to produce some excellent technology and windows 7 really is one of their better products. I know without the competition Microsoft would easily slip back into releasing poor lackluster products, so lets hope the competition heats up and keeps up.

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foldingstock Member since:
2008-10-30

Microsoft only really shines when it has to work for it which is why we have had lackluster releases from Windows XP to Windows Vista.


The mentality in which you are referring to is not exclusive to Microsoft. It is human nature to "slack off" when one is not under pressure. That is why monopolies are generally a bad thing in free market economies.

Also, I wouldn't call XP a "lackluster release." It had problems, yes, but maintaining 90%+ market share for as long as it did is far from "lackluster," in my opinion.

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SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

You talk about Windows as if their are equal competitors in the desktop market on the same footing.

Windows competes against itself, since hardly anyone can get a foot into the desktop market with OEMs. Windows 7 is the first OS since 2001 that Windows users can properly upgrade to. This is good for Windows users, but no doubt people will treat it as, the second coming of Jesus.

Edited 2010-01-29 17:15 UTC

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REM2000 Member since:
2006-07-25

I refer to Windows XP being lacklustre not due to it's market share, but more to it's predecessor, Windows 2000. Windows XP didn't offer much over Windows 2000 apart from a light dusting over the UI.

Windows XP only grabbed 90% market share as it was the only windows offering available.

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StaubSaugerNZ Member since:
2007-07-13


Also, I wouldn't call XP a "lackluster release." It had problems, yes, but maintaining 90%+ market share for as long as it did is far from "lackluster," in my opinion.


I don't disagree with your statement but that "90%+" market share is on the desktop only. In the other markets (server, netbook, mobile, embedded) the penetration is not nearly as much. It is worth qualifying your statements to make them more accurate - otherwise you look like a fanboi that thinks all of computing is the desktop only.

Edited 2010-01-29 21:10 UTC

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chuck97224 Member since:
2005-08-27

The mentality in which you are referring to is not exclusive to Microsoft. It is human nature to "slack off" when one is not under pressure.


Very true for wage slaves (as most employees are). Not true for those who can choose to do what they love and love what they choose. Open source development comes to mind.

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BluenoseJake Member since:
2005-08-11

There was really no desktop releases between XP and Vista, other than servicepacks, and SP2 for XP was a godsend. On the server, however, Win2k3 and Win2k3R2 were outstanding, IMO

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telns Member since:
2009-06-18

Agreed. I have several W2K3 and W2K3R2 servers that are still going strong.

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