It wasn’t long ago when the strength of M$’s monopoly on the desktop was extremely strong and GNU/Linux was rarely encountered. M$’s recent quarterly report to the SEC shows a much different situation today:
- “Office 365 Consumer subscribers increased to 18.2 million, with approximately 3 million subscribers added in the quarter.” Yes, consumers see M$’s office suite as essential… [SARCASM]
- Revenue and margin for “Personal Computing” were down 12% compared to the same quarter last year. Yes, they are having to work for a living.
- “Cost of revenue decreased $1.1 billion or 13%, mainly due to lower phones sales.” Nothing new here then… 🙂
- “Windows revenue decreased $322 million or 7%, mainly due to lower revenue from Windows OEM and patent licensing. Windows OEM revenue decreased $189 million or 6%, driven by declines in the business and consumer PC markets. Windows OEM Pro revenue declined 7%, slightly ahead of the performance of the business PC market.” It’s not just about consumers.
- Almost 100 lawsuits were active against M$. Many were settled out of court but no one is afraid to sue M$ these days.
So, times are changing. M$’s is not the default OS any longer. Consumers have choice. Even businesses have choices. The slaves are being freed. The monopoly is not dead yet, unfortunately, but it is on its death-bed. They have a tidy nest-egg in the mattress, so I wouldn’t worry too much about their families while the rest of us enjoy fresh air in the market for IT.
See M$’s Form 10-Q