What figures will Microsoft release next Thursday?  Will they (as some suggest) continue to show a decline....Is the Redmond company heading for a flatline?  Who knows what the future holds, but for those with no financial interest in Microsoft it makes for fasinating viewing!
What figures will Microsoft release next Thursday? Will they (as some suggest) continue to show a decline....Is the Redmond company heading for a flatline? Who knows what the future holds, but for those with no financial interest in Microsoft it makes for fasinating viewing!

It is being reported that Microsoft’s figures for Q4 that are due to be posted next Thursday are expected to be down, again.  The recession has hit PC manufacturers hard and in my opinion this has had a direct impact on the OEM sales for the Microsoft platform.  Whilst Bing is yet to achieve the Google beating dominance that some MS faithful are claiming, Zune failing to challenge the Ipod (IMO) and Nintendo having such a huge hit with its WII, one can be forgiven for thinking where is money to be made for the Redmond company?

For more insight, visit: http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090717-711707.html

How about MS Office?  Well we have already seen the rise in popularity of Open Office which I believe many users are finding meets their needs, doesn’t cost anything and doesn’t have the restrictions of license that Microsoft’s offering has.  We also have to keep in mind Microsofts move to release the E version of Windows 7 in anticipation of an EU ruling on anti-trust.  Firefox appears to continue eating away at the IE userbase amidst stories/allegations that IE6 changed the default search engine to Bing without the users consent.

So what does Microsoft have to look forward to?  With Windows 7 looming on the horizon all should be well and if it wasn’t for Google’s news of their new operating system due for release middle of next year (and I believe sending up the price of Google shares) then I believe Ballmer and crew could have enjoyed the summer…..

Whats the future for Microsoft?  Who knows, but it will be very interesting watching the struggle as a FOSS observer.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com