Linked by fran on Tue 30th Nov 2010 10:38 UTC
Microsoft "Microsoft is one of the big stock-market success stories - or at least it used to be. The company has got thousands of people rich, through employee stock options or just through smart investing. But with stock under $30, the same place it was 10 years ago, what if Microsoft went private? That was the question posed this morning by Seattle Times columnist Brier Dudley. 'Sure, in the back of people's minds. We've thought about it,' Bill Koefoed, Microsoft's general manager of investor relations, told the Seattle Times."
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RE: Comment by fran
by fran on Wed 1st Dec 2010 19:15 UTC in reply to "Comment by fran"
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Microsoft's reluctance to support windows compatibility to other cpu architectures like ARM. This might come back to haunt them. (Windows phones edition the exception)
ARM is the most popular processors on tablets, smartphones and is even showing promise in the server market.
These processors are also about to get 64 bit editions.

(There is speculation although that ARM will be supported on Windows 8.)

To me it's Wintel relationship looks a bit shaky with Intel supporting Linux projects like Moblin and embedding projects like Yocto.

Developer tools are making cross platform developing so much easier. So many more software will have other OS versions from the start.

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