As Microsoft Reports Losses (Whilst Android Rises), Cringely Argues This Could be Microsoft’s End (in Their Minds)
Summary: The true weaknesses of a longtime abusive monopolist are shining bright and the sea of change in form factors leads to “desperate” acts
THE word about Microsoft’s financial woes is getting out there, with more reports about “[a]n ugly first week for Microsoft Corp’s new financial year” because it “has done little to inspire confidence that the software giant can jumpstart a stubbornly stagnant share price.”
“Microsoft is said to have hidden its losses using accounting tricks (hiding losses is made possible by borrowings too).”“It was not the news agenda Microsoft had in mind as it prepared to unveil fourth-quarter results on July 19. The writeoff is expected to hand the company its first quarterly loss – on paper – since going public in 1986.”
As noted recently, this is not true. Microsoft is said to have hidden its losses using accounting tricks (hiding losses is made possible by borrowings too).
Meanwhile, notes Cringely, the personal computer is changing. “Microsoft knows this on some level,” he stresses. “Their reptilian corporate brain is beginning to comprehend what could be the end. That’s why the company is becoming increasingly desperate for ways to maintain its central role in our digital lives. We see the first bet-the-company aspects of that in Redmond’s recent decision to run the Windows 8 kernel all the way down to ARM-powered phones and tablets even though it requires shedding features to do so.”