Whilst Linux powered devices are celebrating a rather healthy Xmas (and 2011 in general) it seems the “lovable” Microsoft has yet more bad news on its hands. Not content with the shame of Windows Phone 7 and its lack of interest in the face of Android and Apple products or its failure to keep hold of its grasp on the browser market, its inability to challenge Google significantly with Bing, Microsoft now is reporting that Windows, one of its flag-ship products suffered a 6% drop in the fourth quarter of 2011.
According to the software giant, the revenue earned by the Windows division fell to $4.7 billion during the last three months of 2011 – a 6 percent decline from where the figure stood a year ago during the same quarter.
The ITPortal also reports:
The primary reasons behind this rather disappointing performance by the Windows division have been attributed to; stiff competition coming from new-generation products such as tablet computers and smartphones, as well as the devastating floods in Thailand that affected many of its suppliers’ facilities.
But wait! The Microsoft Advocates who infest the newsgroups, who engage in personal attacks and vile insults claim that the desktop is still alive and well! They claim that the tablet form factor is not what the mainstream consumer is wanting! – The reality though outside the wibbly wobbly world of Microsoft Advocacy is very different and I think the trend away from the desktop form factor by the mainstream consumer will continue. As for Windows and the latest “great” version (8), I think by the time it finally flops onto the market, people will have already settled on the plethora of more mature alternatives leaving Microsoft languishing in a Windows Phone 7 market share hell.
You do though have to “admire” Steve Ballmer, who can say:
We delivered solid financial results, even as we prepare for a launch year that will accelerate many of our key products and services
Message to Microsoft employee’s: Screw down the chairs, 2012 is going to be a tough year and to Steve – Roll that deodorant on extra thick, its going to get hot under the collar with your “results”.
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