Microsoft's Profit Plummets 22 Percent Ahead of Windows 8 Launch

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Ballmer has his face buried in mountains of coke and can't actually see the future the way he claims. Surely, that idiot is hopped-up on something.

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whitneymr

Your going for the wrong end of the drug spectrum. Coke will make him sharp and alert (to a point). The way he acts and thinks he got to be on Valium or something of that nature, That's why he can't think or see what's going on he's sound asleep.

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abowlofsoda

Lol. This website is getting comical.

Oh wait here:

Comical. Fanatics. Ultimatums. Fail. XP. Cya!

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Zoandar

Dear Microsoft, here's a tried and true tip that can save your corporation during your Win8 launch - Package the product in a box that looks like a goat. That way all the mindless sheep will be sure to follow it off whatever cliff it wanders over.

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CrystalMeph

You mean the same way apple does?

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maxeeemum

+1 Baaaaaaaaaa!!!

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bamaknight82

I used to work at best buy and customers could not work the windows 7 computers. I have a lot of older people where I live that can bearely work a computer. they are going to freak out on windows 8. I am glad I do not work there any more. I would have old people and other customers ask to put windows 7 back on. I have people that still want xp and not 7. you give them windows seven and they freak and say put xp back on the computer.

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maxeeemum

I agree! I believe Windows 8 will hurt PC/Laptop sales. Best Buy, Staples, Dell, HP, etc. will take a hit worst than with Vista. And Best Buy is close to going out of business so this won't help. We'll see after Christmas.

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bamaknight82

I used to work at best buy and customers could not work the windows 7 computers. I have a lot of older people where I live that can bearely work a computer. they are going to freak out on windows 8. I am glad I do not work there any more. I would have old people and other customers ask to put windows 7 back on. I have people that still want xp and not 7. you give them windows seven and they freak and say put xp back on the computer.

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Granite

THE SKY IS FALLING!! THE SKY IS FALLING!!

No...it's not. It's only changing color. We will all get used to it and, with the new products and ways of interacting with our computers, we will enjoy it. In five years all of you will wonder how we ever got along with our computers when we couldn't stroke them, talk to them and gesture at them.

Win8 is the beginning of the future.

(except for those of you stuck on XP, of course)

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machew100

I don't understand why everybody on MaxPC thinks Windows 8 is going to fail. You should see some QVC product demos where they show off the flexibility. Moms and such call in are like "oh my gosh that's so great I can't do any of that I can't wait!" and the demonstrators do a great job of selling it. My vote is that it succeeds.

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Xenite

Anyone buying a computer from QVC doesn't know any better.

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Slugbait

Those who hate Metro are usually the ones who think Win8 will fail. Many of them hate Ribbon too, but Ribbon is still in Office, and Office still sells rather well.

With that said, I'm actually HOPING Win8 won't do very well. Why? Some history first...

DoubleClick spurned MS to take far less of an offer from Google to be bought out...just $3 billion. What does Ballmer do about this failure? He rushes to buy aQuantive...for $6 billion. Over the summer, MS took a $6 billion writedown, primarily due to the aQuantive acquisition. This resulted in the first quarterly loss reported in MS history.

Last year, MS sank $8.5 billion into Skype. Another Ballmer baby. Perhaps it's still too early, but so far it doesn't look like that amount of money was a very wise move.

A few years ago, Ballmer aggressively went after purchasing Yahoo...for 70% more than the company was worth. Thankfully for Ballmer, Jerry Yang suffered a brain aneurysm and refused to sell.

If Jerry Yang hadn't sponteously gone insane, the Board would have pressured Mr. Gates to fire Ballmer over this last summer when MS took that huge writedown, knowing that writedowns for Yahoo (definitely) and then Skype (probably) would be coming in the near future afterwards.

If Win8 fails to move the needle much, this may well be the proverbial final straw for the Board.

And on the following day of trading after Ballmer is fired, you'll see a 30-40% jump for MSFT. Shareholders will rejoice.

I am a shareholder. And the reason I hope that Win8 will tank is Steve Ballmer.

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Neufeldt2002

While I don't like Metro, my reasoning for wanting Win 8 to fail is for different reasons as well. Most of which are buried in the OS. MS is trying to close the system to just their way, just like Apple, no it isn't there yet but it will be in the future, do it slow so people won't see it until it is too late. They are also hoping to make advertising dollars off of the Apps sold in their store a la Xbox Dash, I hate advertising in general and I definitely don't want it on my PC. It won't take much to make logging into your "MS Account" mandatory for "Security" reasons that I'm sure will be MS induced for tracking purposes. There is more, I just don't remember them all right now. Plus, I do think Metro is butt ugly, I have seen other peoples renditions using the live tile idea that look good but MS's version...Ugh, no thanks.

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don2041

Moms and such love eye candy

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Andrew.Hodge

Holy stockmarket Batman! The whole damn tech industry Is crashing. M$, Intel, AMD, Apple, and the whole group of motherboard makers are losing money. Conical even just started asking for money more aggressively... At least corn production is up...

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whitneymr

Yep turn that corn into moonshine and nobody will care!

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Ledoubleu

Now all the cards are on the table. Microsoft's vision of a conjoined ecosystem will either gel or coagulate from this point forward. The future of their company will be unfolding before our very eyes. It's kind of exciting to witness no matter what the outcome!

In fairness and as an aside, Google had a leaked memo stating their profits are down also (albeit the memo was not approved by Big Larry).

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don2041

It seems that corporations these days only cater to the greed of the shareholders and not the wishes of the customer. When this happens customers shy away from said corporations. Old kings die to make room for new kings.

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TommM

Wow...wish I "only" made 16 billion in one quarter. :p

Think we're seeing the beginning of the end for MS as we know it. They've put literally everything into Windows 8 and the new devices they've ginned up for it. If it fails or performs poorly (and I think it will), I could see the company being broken down into different entities running their own respective shows. One for XBox, one for operating systems, one for Office, etc.

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