24 October 2008

Microsoft's Future

This is something that I predicted would happen:

The company's Windows client business grew by half its anticipated target - two percent instead of four compared to last year. Microsoft said fewer traditional PCs and more netbooks had shipped than expected. Also, revenue from OEMs was down as they shifted to sell cheaper netbooks.

Netbooks running Windows mean growth but relatively low income as they do not run money spinning versions of Windows, like Windows Vista Premium Edition. Microsoft said it was too early to say how much netbooks are cannibalizing traditional sales.

It will be interesting to see how steep the dive is.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Awww, poor Microsoft ....

glyn moody said...

Indeed: perhaps we should pass the hat round for Bill Gates....

zaine_ridling said...

Small businesses and websites are increasingly powering their businesses with Linux and FreeBSD over Windows Server. This week's "yet another" stack overflow exploit is only one reason why. Finally, as the cloud grows, Linux is best positioned to take advantage over the next few years.

glyn moody said...

Small businesses are an area I have problems getting info on: have you come across these moves directly?

Roy Schestowitz said...

Windows XP at $18 apiece.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Predatory_pricing

glyn moody said...

But at least it's causing some financial pain...