That is, until this beauty of a quarter.
To get the bad news out of the way fast, Microsoft pre-announced its numbers. Profits are down 11 percent, but total sales are up 2 percent. For Microsoft, this is dismal, and is leading the company to lay off some 5,000 people. But for anyone else, this would be cause for celebration.
I expect a few more rough quarters, but I also believe that Microsoft has the best technical lineup in its history. Azure and Mesh are looking great, Windows 7 appears to be the killer operating system that Vista should have been, and the company's server tools are solid and respected.
Should I take off my rose-colored glasses? Where do you see Microsoft heading in '09? Prognostications welcome at [email protected].
Posted by Doug Barney on January 23, 2009 at 11:53 AM
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