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[News] MS Plateau - Quiet Before the Storm (Collapse)?

(Microsoft:) Where's The Growth?

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| Microsoft lumbers into the second quarter of its fiscal year
| looking precisely like the mature company it so badly wishes
| it wasn't.
| Even though the Redmond, Wash.-based software behemoth is
| getting closer to finally releasing its new operating
| system, known as Windows Vista, its growth
| businesses--like the Xbox video game console and its
| MSN Internet unit--remain unprofitable.


Meanwhile (also today):

VARBusiness Honors IBM With Tech Innovator of the Year Award

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| "Innovations like what we've seen from IBM demonstrate the
| vibrancy and vitality of the industry," said Lawrence M.
| Walsh, VARBusiness Editor. "They represent breakthroughs
| that will benefit our solution-provider readers and, in
| turn, the users of technology."


Nintendo 1H Profit Rises 48 Percent

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| Nintendo Co. said Thursday its profit jumped 48 percent in
| the first half of its fiscal year on booming sales of its
| Nintendo DS handheld game machine.


It's apparent that the gaming industry flourishes (PS3 with Linux soon to
savour the shopping sprees). And yet, the XBox loses billions.

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