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[News] To Those Who Say that Linux Only Eats UNIX...

Sun Beats Estimates with Narrower Loss, Revenue Up 17%

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| Sun Microsystems reported a narrower loss in its fiscal first
| quarter, losing $56 million, or $.02/share -- beating the
| -$.04/share estimate of analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial
| -- on a 17% increase in revenue to $3.19 billion, compared to
| last year's Q1 loss of $123 million, or $.04/share. Sun said
| its cost cutting efforts, and market acceptance of its Solaris
| 10 operating system and Sun Fire servers are confirmation of
| its business strategy.


Unisys and SCI recover in quite the same way, owing to an Open Source and
Linux strategy.

There is a general inflation in the market. Technology's demand and reach
stretches further, so it's a question of relativity, not just growth.

Microsoft only feeds on antiquated cash cows that locked in customers with
high exit barriers, skills, and proprietary data formats. Vista and Office
2007 are set to be even more overpriced than before---something that has
already brought Microsoft to court where it settled with vouchers.

(also today:) Microsoft Discusses Search and Online Acquisitions

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| Revenue for our Online Service business was down 4% to $539
| million, with 5% advertising growth and a 30%
| decline in access revenue.


Don't forget the XBox, among other disasters.

Microsoft stoic despite massive losses

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| If you were to judge by the PR rhetoric, you'd think the 360 was
| an unstoppable commercial juggernaut. As usual though, PR lies.


Microsoft Hides Its Mobile and Business Apps Divisions 

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| The company is folding its two worst-performing divisions -- Microsoft
| Business Solutions (its business applications unit) and its Mobile and
| Embedded units -- into the Microsoft Business Division and Microsoft Home
| and Entertainment units, respectively.


Gamers Say Microsoft Understates Xbox Problems

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| An insider from Electronic Arts, Inc. is saying that the failure rate
| of Microsoft's Xbox 360 gaming console is actually ten times higher than
| what Microsoft spokespeople have admitted.
| Game Daily BIZ, a gaming industry publication, reported that the
| anonymous source tallied that of the 300 consoles EA has received,
| 30-50 percent of them have failed.


Game Sales Jump, Despite Xbox Slump

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| Regardless of what happens this holiday season, August represented yet
| another month of disappointing sales for Microsoft's Xbox 360. Pachter
| for one had predicted that the company would sell between 200,000 and
| 300,000 consoles last month, but the sales came in at the bottom of
| that range, according to the NPD data he cited.


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