QUOTE(g8crapachino @ Jan 31 2008, 07:53 AM)
hmm....Microsoft earnings have been on a steady increase for over a decade and they just annouced $4.7billion in earnings. They raised their projections for the next couple quarter and that's from a traditionally very conservative company. This is achieved while the supposedly "Worst" CEO is in charge and despite all their troubles.
Yes, but the stock price hasn't shifted significantly in years, and the majority of their profits comes from two product groups. MS is hugely successful in terms of profit (and after all, profit is why a business is in business) but for some reason the stock price is stuck in a rut whilst Apple etc has double, tripled, quadrupled in the last decade.
QUOTE(TheDaFox @ Jan 31 2008, 08:24 AM)
What about the Developers, Developers, Developers!?
Exactly. Microsoft will never been seen as "cool", no matter how hard they chase the zeitgeist. "Welcome to the social"? Come on ... in an industry that's produced legendary figures like Hewlett, Packard, Jobs, Ellison, Gates, Wozniak, Noyce, Moore et al, Monkeyboy Ballmer isn't just a joke, he's a bad joke. You may not have liked Gates, but you respected his business (if not his technical) skills.