That’s not very exciting for the monopoly when they finally produce a decent product after 6-8 years of effort. Imagine how sad the picture would be if GNU/Linux and MacOS had been on the same shelves in the retail channel. 11% is about normal growth in numbers of PCs sold and these quarters were pre-”7″ and post-”7″ so there was not a rush to buy “7″. The business division had a similar gain. The huge price of Office must have saved them. No wonder more businesses are using OpenOffice.org every day. M$ would have nearly doubled profits if they had never produced Vista or “7″ because their costs would have been much lower.
Seen another way, in a quarter when 90million PCs were sold they had revenue of only $52 per PC while in the pre-”7″ Q3/2009 they had revenue of only $52 per PC so “7″ was worth nothing more than XP. All that time. Billions invested… No return on investment. Bloat is a burden even to M$.