swa66 - 11:51 pm on Jul 24, 2009 (gmt 0) kaled:
Microsoft is a software maker
And a hardware maker(/vendor) as well: keyboards, mice, zune, ... and has a strong partnership with those who sell hardware to have a version of windows included with every box they ship. Something that's pretty hard to avoid, just ask the Linux fans how hard it is to buy new hardware from the "A" brands without paying for a useless -in their eyes- windows license.
Other than Google, some defence contractors, and a handful of green energy startups, are any technology companies doing better than this?
Apple for starters, and they play on the -oh the irony- higher price points
in the market [typically the harder hit part of the market in an economic decline], yet they make significant increases in both revenue, profits and profitability in a quarter where Microsoft makes for decrease on all of them.