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[3]: server and tools
by umccullough on Sat 13th Feb 2010 02:07 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: server and tools"
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(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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RE[4]: server and tools
by dldiamond on Sat 13th Feb 2010 02:24 in reply to "RE[3]: server and tools"
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I thought it was pretty clear that it was just a stacked graph. How else would everything look so nice and nothing cross over at all?

Maybe I phrased that wrong. I mean, everything trends the same way at the same time. And just look at the way the electronics division magically skips from a somewhat negative number to a positive number without crossing over the online services division.

Edited 2010-02-13 02:42 UTC

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RE[4]: server and tools
by npcomplete on Sat 13th Feb 2010 05:19 in reply to "RE[3]: server and tools"
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Ah ok, thanks for the information. I'll keep that in mind.

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