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[News] [Rival] Microsoft Falls Behind While Clinging on to Windows Legacy (Down 24%)

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Falls Behind While Clinging on to Windows Legacy (Down 24%)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 20 May 2008 03:13:44 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Why it's hard for Microsoft to catch the next wave

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| I call it the "tyranny of the installed base." I saw plenty of it when I 
| worked at minicomputer Data General in the 1990s. Customers want bug fixes 
| and enhancements to their existing products--even if it's some legacy 
| database that fewer and fewer people used with each passing year. The result 
| is that lots of resources get sucked into supporting the "old stuff," leaving 
| that much less energy, money, etc. for the "new stuff."     
| But the real issue here is more insidious. A company, especially a public 
| company, can't really "Just Say No" to that installed base and tell them to 
| take their business elsewhere. Imagine if you would this scenario: Ballmer 
| wakes up next Monday morning after having an epiphany over the weekend. He 
| walks into Redmond, tosses a few chairs for emphasis, and announces that 
| Microsoft is going to immediately discontinue selling and developing its 
| Windows operating system and Office products because they're mired in the 
| past and have become too much a distraction from what's really important--its 
| online services business.        


The next worrisome one might be Google, not Microsoft which is dwindling anyway
(see links below). Google wants data.

Google Health beta test begins

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| Google on Monday launched a beta test of its Google Health service to archive 
| medical records and find medical services. 



Microsoft sees slide in profits


Is Microsoft Aura Fading?

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| Yesterday's early relief rally reversed, and Microsoft's value has now fallen
| by more than $30 billion since it unveiled its bid for Yahoo on February 1.
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Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.
| [...]
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term
|      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| revenue significantly."


Vista Blues Weakens Microsoft's Influence On Software Market

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| That was evident in how Microsoft's client division third-quarter sales,
| which includes the XP and Vista operating system, fell 24% compared with the
| year earlier period. Although the decline was expected because of a one-off
| revenue gain of around $1.6 billion in the year-earlier quarter, client
| revenues were lower than analysts expected.


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