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The fall of Microsoft


‘ve long thought it funny when Microsoft-fans would tell me how Linux, open-source, the Mac, whatever would never be important because Microsoft products were clearly better. Now, everyone can get on the joke as Microsoft’s earnings plummeted in the last quarter by 6%.

For the stockholders among you that means Microsoft’s diluted earnings per share were down 30% over last year and well below what the 39 the analysts were expecting. What carved into Microsoft’s piggy-bank? According to Microsoft it was “a poor showing in its Client, Microsoft Business Division and Server & Tools groups.” In other words, pretty much everything.

What’s caused this?

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