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Microsoft's net income fell 22 percent in the latest quarter as it deferred revenue from the sale of its upcoming Windows 8 operating system to PC makers - and as PC sales in general took a dive.
While Microsoft is touting next week's launch of Windows 8 as the savior of the computer industry, PC makers and analysts are increasingly skeptical that the new OS will lure consumers away from tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft is eager to get Windows 8, the first version of its flagship software designed for touch tablets, into computers next month to help it vie with Apple Inc.'s iPad during the holiday shopping season. Releasing the operating system before it's fully baked is the right move, and Microsoft can make improvements after it ships, Intel's CEO said.
"We are taking bold steps at Microsoft," Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer says. "The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers. It is a cloud service and will fully light-up when paired with Windows 8."
New versions of Windows typically come out every three years, but this update is the most widely anticipated overhaul of the software since 1995.
Analysis: After enduring three consecutive quarters of revenue declines during the recession, the seeds Microsoft sewed are bearing fruit, as Windows 7 and Office 2010 have generated significant growth despite the ongoing economic uncertainty.
In taking on Google Apps, Microsoft rolls out Office 2010 which is a milestone in its efforts to keep up with an industry shift from programs that are stored on PCs to free ones that can be accessed from any computer, over the Internet. Microsoft must be careful not to make the free apps so appealing as to undermine its lucrative desktop software business.
Analysis: For a company constantly grappling with fear, uncertainty and doubt, the record revenue and operating profit should provide a brief respite. The introduction of Windows 7 is thus far a resounding success. However, Microsoft will not bask in the glory of its results for long, as the fundamental challenges facing the company’s business remain unchanged.
CEO Steve Ballmer shows off forthcoming HP tablet – or slate – at trade show. Meanwhile, Microsoft also talks about Xbox 360 game additions and new features.
Beginning in March, Microsoft will provide a pop-up screen to all European users of its Windows operating system, asking them to choose one or more of five major browsers - including Microsoft's Internet Explorer, Mozilla's Firefox, Google Inc.'s Chrome and Apple Inc.'s Safari - and seven smaller rivals.