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[News] [Rival] Microsoft's Prospects Lowered by RBC Capital Markets

Analyst cuts estimates, price target on Microsoft

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| An RBC Capital Markets analyst lowered his estimates and price target for 
| Microsoft Corp. Tuesday, citing "uncertain" end-of-the-year consumer and 
| enterprise spending and a lack of upcoming stock catalysts.  
| In a client note, Robert Breza cut his fiscal 2009 earnings-per-share 
| estimate for the world's largest software company to $2.01 from $2.04 and his 
| revenue estimate to $64.6 billion from $65.3 billion. The analyst also 
| decreased his fiscal 2010 estimates.   


Analyst cuts estimates, price target on Microsoft


Holiday sales look uncertain for Microsoft and PC sellers

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| The only real question is how bad it will get.


They don't put enough GNU/Linux on display, not even XP. Why would anyone touch
a DRM package wrapped in something called "Vista"?


Is CompUSA.com poised to become the Crazy Eddie of Linux?

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| With its rock-bottom prices, CompUSA could be positioned to be the king of
| cheap Linux-based PC sales, if they take this to the next level, which would
| be to preload the OS on its bargain PC refurbs and get some value-added
| SystemMAX OEM whiteboxes out there with Linux pre-installed.
| CompUSA.com-branded $400 or less Quad Core PCs sans-monitor with 4GB RAM and
| 500GB hard disks running on Ubuntu? I can see it.


Interesting comment from CompUSA

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| Every single one of them he said was returned from consumers... and that they
| (CompUSA) couldn't ship them back. As he heard, Microsoft wasn't giving
| credit back for unsold or returned copies... and didn't want the returned
| figures made public... He wouldn't say that every single one of them
| exchanged for a copy of Xp, he didn't know if that was true. So, I asked how
| many boxes did they have. Same glare, followed with a "You do not want to
| know" type statement.      



CompUSA to close all of its 103 stores

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| The consumer electronics store will run store-closing sales during the
| holidays to get rid of inventory.


Currys group blames Vista for poor sales

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| DSG, the group behind Currys and PC World, has warned that poor sales of
| Vista could slash its profits by around £20 million.


DSG continues retailer woes

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| DSG, the company formerly known as Dixons, became the latest British retailer
| to report a drop in profits for the summer months today. But it wasn’t all
| down to the rotten weather – this time it was also Microsoft’s fault.  


Dell casts doubts on Vista

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| Dell today revealed that it will restore the option to use Windows XP on
| some of its home systems, marking a potentially damaging blow to
| Microsoft's hopes for the newer Windows Vista.
| [...]
| While a popular request through the company's IdeaStorm website, the
| choice was substantially outnumbered by requests for pre-installed
| Linux, US-based technical support, and other features -- pointing to a
| larger general demand for the change. The turnaround may be a reflection of
| an overall backlash against Vista, observed IDC analyst Richard Shim.


Lenovo offers downgrade from Windows Vista to Windows XP

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| My colleague Stian just sent me this interesting link regarding my
| experiences with Windows Vista. Since I assume the link will NOT have the
| visual appearence it has right now for very many more hours (days) I've
| created a screenshot of how it looked when I went into the site.  


Windows Vista kicked out of Olympics PCs

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| Microsoft's latest version of Windows is too risky to implement for the
| important computers managing the 2008 Olympic summer games in Beijing, said
| the event's computer supplier and sponsor Lenovo.  


Acer: PC industry 'disappointed' with Vista

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| Acer president Gianfranco Lanci became the first major PC manufacturer to
| openly attack Microsoft over the Windows Vista operating system in the
| Financial Times Deutschland on Monday.  
| Lanci said the operating system was riddled with problems and gave users and
| businesses no reason to buy a new PC, according to the report. Taiwan-based
| Acer is the world's fourth-largest PC manufacturer, after HP, Dell and
| Lenovo.
| "The whole industry is disappointed with Windows Vista," Lanci said.


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