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[News] SJVN: ODF Announcement Shows Microsoft Office is in Trouble

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Is Microsoft Office in trouble?

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| And, now Microsoft isn't hurrying to support its own format, but it is moving 
| to support PDF and ODF... Could it be that all those copies of Office 2007 
| Microsoft boasts of selling are collecting dust at reseller and retailer 
| warehouses instead of being used on office systems? Could users be sticking 
| with their older copies of Office and when they do want to move to something 
| newer, they're moving to OpenOffice and Google instead?     
| Interesting isn't it? 


Microsoft can’t support Open XML

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| If Microsoft can’t give users a compelling reason to switch from their old 
| version of Office to Office 14 their cash-flow is going to slow down 
| considerably.  



Is Office the new Netscape?

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| One of the cornerstones of Microsoft's competitive strategy over the years 
| has been to redefine competitors' products as features of its own products. 
| Whenever some upstart PC software company started to get traction with a new 
| application - the Netscape browser is the most famous example - Microsoft 
| would incorporate a version of the application into its Office suite or 
| Windows operating system, eroding the market for the application as a 
| standalone product and starving its rival of economic oxygen (ie, cash). It 
| was an effective strategy as well as a controversial one.       
| Now, though, the tables may be turning. Google is trying to pull a Microsoft 
| on Microsoft by redefining core personal-productivity applications - 
| calendars. word processing, spreadsheets, etc. - as features embedded in 
| other products. There's a twist, though. Rather than just incorporating the  
| applications as features in its own products, Google is offering them up to 
| other companies, particularly big IT vendors, to incorporate as features in 
| their products.      


Microsoft stock drops amid slumping sales 

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| Microsoft Corp., whose Windows software dominates the personal-computer 
| market, fell 6.2 percent Fridayin Nasdaq trading after sales slumped, casting 
| doubt on whether PC demand can hold up in a slowing economy. The software 
| maker reported a 24 percent drop in sales of Windows last quarter and 
| forecast earnings that may miss analysts' estimates.     
| [...]
| "The risk is that Linux gets a foothold and then affects their long-term 
| revenue significantly." 


Microsoft earnings post-mortem: The cash cows quiver

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| I can’t help but wonder if the lackluster Windows/Office results also can be 
| attributed to Microsoft brass’s complete and crazy obsession with Google (and 
| taking over Yahoo) has resulted in no one minding the Windows store. Kevin 
| Johnson, the head of Microsoft’s Platforms & Services division seems to be so 
| laser-focused on the online-ad business these days that he almost seems to 
| have forgotten Microsoft is still in the software business, too.     
| Microsoft execs’ claims about walking away from the Yahoo deal are nothing 
| more than bluster. A protracted hostile takeover bid is just going to 
| distract not just employees in Microsoft’s online services business, but 
| company management, too. It’s not a pretty picture.   


Feeling the heat at Microsoft

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| If I ask you who is Microsoft's biggest competitor now, who would it be?  
| Ballmer: Open...Linux. I don't want to say open source. Linux, certainly have 
| to go with that. 


Microsoft's SEC:

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| A prominent example of open source software is the Linux operating system...
| To the extent open source software gains increasing market acceptance, sales 
| of our products may decline, we may have to reduce the prices we charge for 
| our products, and revenue and operating margins may consequently decline.   

http://www. microsoft.com/msft/SEC/default.mspx

A reminder of why Microsoft wanted Yahoo

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| Henry Blodget at Silicon Alley Insider has posted Tuesday a good look at how
| Microsoft's Windows and Google's search will stack up by 2009. The results
| aren't necessarily surprising, but they're certainly interesting to see in
| print: By this time next year, Blodget predicts, Google search will pass
| Windows in total revenue.


Is Microsoft Aura Fading?

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| Yesterday's early relief rally reversed, and Microsoft's value has now fallen
| by more than $30 billion since it unveiled its bid for Yahoo on February 1.
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