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Microsoft, the world’s largest software company, reported quarterly sales and profits that slightly surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. But like so many technology companies, even the ones who managed to sidestep the fallout from the financial crisis in the September quarter, Microsoft delivered a cautious outlook.
Microsoft’s overall performance held up well, a bit better than expected, said Charles Di Bona, an analyst for Sanford C. Bernstein. Microsoft’s revenue in its first quarter, ended Sept. 30, rose 9 percent to nearly $15.1 billion from $13.8 billion a year ago. Net income increased 2 percent to $4.37 billion, or 48 cents a share, from $4.29 billion, or 45 cents a share, in the year-ago quarter. The consensus among Wall Street analysts was revenue of $14.8 billion and net income per share of 47 cents.
Vista not doing too well,
Really? I thought vista was now the default for every PC one can purchase?
Where did you hear this? Apple advertisement? :)
Corporate clients are the biggest cash cows for M$, and they are staying far far away from Vista. Why do you think XP support was extended?
I personally advise people against buying new PCs because of Vista. I am probably not the only one, so yeah, it is hurting them.
Vista is currently selling at a higher volumes than XP was at the same time in its life-cycle. In fact, it's been selling above XP levels almost since it was released.
Please provide source. I have trouble believing this, especially seeing how world consumption is slowing down.
My problem is that, as far as I know, when you go to the store, you can't get an XP machine anymore. That's just wrong on the whole line.
I agree with Walkman that now would be a good time for MS to go on a buying spree, but the last I heard they were more intent on buying back their own stock - seems very odd to me.
Please provide source.
It depends on who you read...
Sure there are issues with MS counting Vista licences for XP downgrades. I don't think that's the case with ultra-portables. Those are still just plain XP Home licences to the best of my knowledge.
Regardless, just to quote one of the articles above:
But given that the personal computer market has nearly doubled since XP launched, Vista sales "probably should be more," said Michael Silver, vice president of research at Gartner, a technology research group.
From the article:
Windows is Microsoft's most profitable business, generating more than a quarter of revenue. Sales of Windows for PCs last quarter fell short of forecasts after sellers of low-cost laptops opted to use the older and cheaper XP version because Vista doesn't run well on their machines.
Citigroup Inc. information chief Jagdish Rao stood beside Ballmer in New York in January 2007 and pledged to put Vista on the bank's more than 350,000 computers.
Two years later, less than 10 percent of the New York-based lender's machines run Vista...
This is what I think is the biggest impact, the corporate clients, which, IMHO are the biggest cash-cows for MS.
I've never seen the pricing for Win licenses, but I would assume older OSes are cheaper to license, otherwise, why would MS go through the trouble to create a new OS.