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.

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

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.

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!)

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.

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.

I'm not sure I explained it completely clear:

Y-axis: Total Profits
X-axis: Month
Each bar a percentage of the profits per month.