Summary: Microsoft admits that it cannot quite sell Microsoft-branded locked-down computers
THE XBox 360 was nothing less than an attack on general-purpose computing. To an extent, phones and tablets achieve the same thing — a very dangerous downward spiral/decline of freedom, even if they run Linux, the universal kernel. Putting aside the latter, the latest figures from Microsoft are as dubious as always, but they do seem to show very serious problems — a hole in the company’s pocket:
With the news that Microsoft is also seeing a decline in 360 sales with an excuse that people are holding back for the 720 it would seem that there will be many a sweaty shirt day for Steve Ballmer in 2012 – he’s going to have to dance like he’s never danced before to get Microsoft going in a product sense.
Microsoft has been losing billions of dollars online and the loss is growing with no signs of a rebound. Expect Microsoft to buy more patents, then attack more and more with patents (threats that result in settlement are an attack). █