Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 12th Feb 2010 22:55 UTC
Microsoft 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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server and tools
by npcomplete on Sat 13th Feb 2010 00:10 UTC
npcomplete
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2009-08-21

... that it constantly makes 1+ $billion more than desktop Windows is something I didn't realize.

seems like area normally taken for granted when thinking about Microsoft, for me at least

Edited 2010-02-13 00:11 UTC

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RE: server and tools
by kaiwai on Sat 13th Feb 2010 00:32 in reply to "server and tools"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

... that it constantly makes 1+ $billion more than desktop Windows is something I didn't realize.

seems like area normally taken for granted when thinking about Microsoft, for me at least


Well what it does go to prove is that the hype by Linux advocates years ago of 'Microsoft dying in the server world' is greatly exaggerated in the same way that one see's Mac advocates claim that Microsoft is doomed because Apple is getting a lot of press (ignoring the fact that Mac sales grew slower than the over all market).

Microsoft server sales ever since Windows 2003 has been on an upwards growth path with Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 further re-enforcing the server side of the Windows equation have their act together. When you couple the Windows server with the Office system components and the technology they're bringing onboard it would be unwise to make statements regarding Linux apparently 'eating Windows up for lunch'.

Edit: Amazing, under 5 minutes and someone moderates my post down; anyone surprised? Talk about fascists on this website silencing descent.

Edited 2010-02-13 00:42 UTC

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RE[2]: server and tools
by tylerdurden on Sat 13th Feb 2010 23:53 in reply to "RE: server and tools"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

For what it is worth, I don't think your appeal to victim status makes the strawman in your post any more valid.

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RE: server and tools
by umccullough on Sat 13th Feb 2010 00:33 in reply to "server and tools"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

... that it constantly makes 1+ $billion more than desktop Windows is something I didn't realize.


Again, you're reading the chart wrong. It consistently makes less than Windows, it's just a thin strip on top of the windows profit there.

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RE[2]: server and tools
by npcomplete on Sat 13th Feb 2010 01:29 in reply to "RE: server and tools"
npcomplete Member since:
2009-08-21

So where did you get the information we're supposed to read the graph by subtracting the bottom neighboring edge from the top edge for each division? I could not find anything in the original article indicating that.

(and it would seem irrational to make a graph like that unless they wanted to deceptively inflate Office profits by 300 - 400% for example)

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