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Windows RT pricing dilemma rears its ugly head again

Microsoft is stuck between a rock and a hard place with Windows RT pricing. Price it low and face less-than-expected profits, or take on the iPad et al and squeeze out the lucrative enterprise market.

July 16, 2012

Are slates going hurt Microsoft's bottom line any more than netbooks?

Are all slates tablets? Are all tablets netbooks? Does the distinction between slates, tablets, netbooks, smartbooks and e-readers matter to anyone -- or do anything beyond confuse customers more than they are already)? The real question in all this, for Microsoft watcher, customers and partners, is whether slates will ding the profits of the Windows client business any more or less than netbooks have.

January 11, 2010 by

GOOG beats MSFT and all other tech firms in profit per employee

Peter Alguacil over at Pingdom has crunched numbers on tech company profits per employee and Google comes top with $210K per person in 2008.Microsoft $194KBaidu $164KApple $151KCisco $122KAdobe $119KEbay $110KIntel $64KOracle $64KDell $32KAmazon $31KYahoo $$31KIBM $31KHP $26KSun $12KIs there a connection between size and profits per staff person?

May 16, 2009 by

What ails Microsoft

Worth reading: BusinessWeek has a good package on what ails Microsoft--innovation stagnation, slow product development, sagging morale, too much bureaucracy and slower growth (but record profits). Included in the package in an in-depth interview with CEO Steve Ballmer, who of course disputes the notion that Microsoft is struggling.

September 18, 2005 by

10 New Year's resolutions for Microsoft

Directions on Microsoft put together a list of 10 challenges for Microsoft in 2005. "Left unattended, each (challenge) could ultimately interrupt Microsoft's 25-plus-year run of growth and profits and leave the door open for younger, smaller and more nimble competitors," the analyst house said in its end-of-year research note Wednesday.

December 23, 2004 by

Microsoft warns of open source threat

Microsoft warns that the success of the open-source movement could hurt its sales, potentially forcing the company to cut prices and sacrifice both revenue and profits.

February 5, 2003

Don't pay for shelfware!

Eric Knorr: Times are tough. With Microsoft using licensing arrangements to boost profits, IT managers should fight back by checking whether they actually use all the software they pay for.

October 28, 2002 by

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