Microsoft falls on weak forecasts

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| Microsoft saw its shares fall 6% after it posted a fall in quarterly profits
| and earnings forecasts at the lower end of market expectations.

Failed Microsoft gadget dies a quiet death

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| Can it really be 4 years back that Microsoft produced that always destined to
| fail product the datacasting SPOT watch? Yep, apparently it can, and
| apparently it has finally been killed off once and for all.

The Zune is probably next to die.


Can Ballmer pilot Microsoft through a changed tech course?

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| Can Ballmer steer Microsoft out of the roadblocks?
| The highly competitive Ballmer, you might say, is the man who cried "nice."
| And like the boy who cried wolf, no one believed him. The software giant's
| attempt to make nice with much of the developer community by opening up its
| APIs for key products was greeted with a jaundiced eye by regulators at the
| powerful European Commission. *


Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

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| I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
| headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
| the next 10 years.
| [...]
| I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
| Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
| our century and they will get more and more people that know what
| they really want.

P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.