__/ [ Larry Qualig ] on Sunday 21 May 2006 16:01 \__
> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>> Let is face a certain reality. Microsoft are dwindling more quickly than
>> anybody anticipated. The stocks show it, the investors say so, and there
>> is other evidence all around us.
>> http://www.schestowitz.com/Weblog_Frames/msft_slumps.jpg (15%+ drop in
>> less than one month!)
>> All that this company can do is reach out for its deep pockets (filled
>> with tainted gold) and *pay* Web hosts to pick up Windows over superior
>> software, which is *free*. This is a proven fact. Also, they sell the XBox
>> 360 for a considerable loss. That's a _well-known_ fact.
>> All that this company does is giving an _illusion_ that Microsoft lives
>> on. In reality, its pockets are being emptied; And the cash cows (notably
>> Office and Windows) are being made obsolete by their various mature
Oops. I forgot to add bloggers, whom Microsoft pay to publish stuff in
support of Microsoft. Media sources such as CNET likewise.
Also, I forgot to mention forum trolls:
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| Some years back, Microsoft practiced a lot of dirty tricks using online
| mavens to go into forums and create Web sites extolling the virtues of
| Windows over OS/2. They were dubbed the Microsoft Munchkins, and it
| was obvious who they were and what they were up to. But their numbers
| and energy (and they way they joined forces with nonaligned dummies who
| liked to pile on) proved too much for IBM marketers, and Windows won
| the operating-system war through fifth-column tactics.
| Mr Dvorak wonders if Microsoft is today using reverse-dirty-tricks to
| promote the Xbox 360: pay people to create Web sites that slam the
| gaming computer in order to provoke a barrage of defenders.
Want to see a _live_ example? Then read on!
> This absolutely the dumbest post I've read in a long time. Dying?
> Unfortunately the facts don't support your hyperbole.
And this, of course, comes from Larry Qualig, a formet Microsoft employee.
> Let's look at the last quarter - what you consider evidence/proof of
> your position. Microsoft grew revenue in *every single market segment*
> they are in. Total revenue grew by 10% and total profits grew by 9%. A
> year ago they made $3.3 Billion in profit for the quarter and this year
> they 'only' made $3.9 Billion in profit.
Ahem! The world is becoming more modernised. More people buy computers,
servers, and their dependence on the technology rises, not linearly.
Moreover, don't forget /inflation/.
> I guess that "all this company can do is reach out for its deep
> pockets" - huh? (Hint: Just the $600 million dollar 'increase' in
> quarterly profits from last year is more profit than most companies
> make in an entire year.)
> Dying very quickly? From this post of yours it seems that you are
> either grasping at straws or losing your mind very quickly.
Larry, you are so blinded by the numbers that Ballmer feeds y'all through a
plastic tube. Have you read the financial papers recently? Well, I do. From
all perspectives, it's grim for Microsoft. The XBox 360, for example, is an
illusion. It's intended to massage figures and manipulate public opinion.
Ballmer confident Xbox 360 losses will turn around
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| Ballmer humbly admitted that the cost of producing Xbox 360 consoles
| was a wee bit higher than expected.