Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 19th Jan 2012 23:04 UTC
Windows "Windows and Office: they've been Microsoft's two biggest cash cows since... Forever. But in Microsoft's second fiscal 2012 quarter ending December 31, 2011, Windows/Windows Live dropped to No. 3, behind the Microsoft Business Division (home of Office) and Server and Tools."
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RE[2]: They forgot
by saynte on Fri 20th Jan 2012 10:38 UTC in reply to "RE: They forgot"
saynte
Member since:
2007-12-10

But that's the point; it's not hurting anyway.

Per the article: Microsoft's server division is doing so well that it has offset the losses from the Windows division.

The licensing deals are faux-deals, where do you get that from?

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RE[3]: They forgot
by lemur2 on Fri 20th Jan 2012 11:49 in reply to "RE[2]: They forgot"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

The licensing deals are faux-deals, where do you get that from?


The companies that Microsoft has targeted for these deals also sell Windows products ... apart from Barnes & Noble, who have contested Microsoft's claims. Most of these claims in the B&N case have been found to be either trivial, or simply not infringed by Linux or Android.

Basically, if companies want to continue selling Microsoft software they simply agree (in secret) to a deal with Microsoft, which costs them next to nothing, provided they agree to an NDA which lets Microsoft PR continue to pretend that Linux infringes Microsoft patents for real. It is far cheaper than going to court, even when there is zero merit in Microsoft's claims.

Edited 2012-01-20 11:50 UTC

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RE[4]: They forgot
by saynte on Fri 20th Jan 2012 13:19 in reply to "RE[3]: They forgot"
saynte Member since:
2007-12-10

It came from your imagination; understood.

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