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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Windows is by definition a monopoly. Saying it is a success would beg the question compared to what?

I mean, if you have no competitors in a market segment, claiming a profit success is really, well hardly surprising.

You never need genius to be outstanding in a monopoly market. IN the USA, you just need to make enough money to keep the government on the Dole (pay off the right people) and keep a casual eye on the market. (The next step after a monopoly is fascism...which has come to America now in so many ways.)

Just on a off topic, we are seeing the final pieces being assembled by the open source community to make Linux a viable desktop.

The final missing piece for Linux is open graphics hardware, to break onto the desktop. Those pieces will be assembled in the next 2 years.

If ATI continues its path toward opening up the hardware so that source code can be worked on it for 3D functions, it will succeed.

The open source community also has a backup, which is the open graphics project. They are working on open sourcing the hardware. For 2D and 3D acceleration coming later.

From that point on, games will come to Linux, and since games is what the largest application segment for Windows is, Linux should be able to attract the same market.

Windows 7 looks like a decent OS (used the beta for about 2 hours.), but the only reason why I use Windows is to waste time. (i.e. fixing some elses problems, or playing games.)

I certainly can't imagine it being used in any serious way to be useful, without investing huge amounts of money into it.


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