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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RE: server and tools
by umccullough on Sat 13th Feb 2010 00:33 UTC 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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RE[3]: server and tools
by umccullough on Sat 13th Feb 2010 02:07 in reply to "RE[2]: server and tools"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

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


It's a common graph type (apparently called a "Stacked Area Chart")... so call it irrational if you want, but it's not uncommon.

Also important to note, Microsoft didn't create this graph.

Edited 2010-02-13 02:23 UTC

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