Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Feb 2010 22:55 UTC
Sometimes, the sheer size of a company like Microsoft can make it quite hard to see and realise just how large and profitable such a company can really be. In these kinds of situations, there's nothing like a clear graph to make all those pretty numbers tangible. Up to a point.
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RE[2]: Are those the real numbers?
by zegenie on Sat 13th Feb 2010 00:00 UTC in reply to "RE: Are those the real numbers?"

Member since:
2005-12-31

Hmm... worse, those appear to be monthly profits, not quarterly.

Yes, that's an average of \$7 *billion* dollars, each *month*, just from MS Office. Blows my mind.

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Member since:
2006-01-26

Yes, that's an average of \$7 *billion* dollars, each *month*, just from MS Office. Blows my mind.

You're reading it wrong... each of the color bands is separate amounts stacked on top of each other. That means MS Office is making ~\$2-3 B each month

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Member since:
2005-12-31

Oh, I'm sorry, I always thought those kinds of diagrams were supposed to mean that the one at the top actually made the top figure.

Anyways, \$3 billion each month is still a *lot* of money.

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Member since:
2006-01-26

That means MS Office is making ~\$2-3 B each month

Ugh, now I'm the one that was reading it wrong..they were quarterly amounts (damn, I'm blind!)

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Member since:
2005-11-21

A stacked bar chart with Labels of total profit, per month and each bar representing a percentage of the profit, per month on the Y axis would be much clearer to discern.

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Member since:
2006-01-04

That would obviously be false.

Here are real quarterly revenue and profit numbers for the WHOLE company:
2/05 10.818 Mio. 3.463 Mio.
3/05 9.620 Mio. 2.563 Mio.
4/05 10.161 Mio. 3.700 Mio.
1/06 9.741 Mio. 3.141 Mio.
2/06 11.837 Mio. 3.653 Mio.
3/06 10.900 Mio. 2.977 Mio.
4/06 11.804 Mio. 2.828 Mio.
1/07 10.811 Mio. 3.478 Mio.
2/07 12.542 Mio. 2.626 Mio.
3/07 14.398 Mio. 4.926 Mio.
4/07 13.371 Mio. 3.035 Mio.
1/08 13.762 Mio. 4.289 Mio.
2/08 16.367 Mio. 4.707 Mio.
3/08 14.454 Mio. 4.388 Mio.
4/08 15.837 Mio. 4.297 Mio.
1/09 15.961 Mio. 4.373 Mio.
2/09 16.629 Mio. 4.174 Mio.
3/09 13.648 Mio. 2.977 Mio.
4/09 13.099 Mio. 3.045 Mio.
1/10 12.920 Mio. 3.574 Mio.
2/10 19.022 Mio. 6.662 Mio.

Mio = Million
. = ,

And they really made 6.66 billion, that is proof that MS is evil!
(and I disagree that all companies are not likeable .. some companies have a really good ethics and products based on strong principles and then I find myself liking those companies)

Edited 2010-02-13 00:21 UTC

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