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Old 12-06-2012, 06:40 AM   #49
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Originally Posted by GlennD View Post
Microsoft's successes are WAY over 'zero'. A home user probably doesn't see it as much but if you work in a large corporation then you see them all over the place.
Yes, I spent many years in IT. I'm quite familiar with a broad swathe of MS products. To clarify, let me quote my previous post: "Microsoft has *tried* many other things. It has made money at *none* of them."

By "successful" I mean "keeps the ship afloat". Take away the revenues MS has derived from Windows and Office, and all that remains of Microsoft is an historical footnote that used to make a few good developer tools. Nothing else MS has ever done (including MS-DOS) has risen financially above the level of a rounding error on MS's current bottom line.

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Part of Microsoft's issues are with it's marketing.
Oh, I absolutely agree. Microsoft has never been able to market product, even good product. Remember that DOS rode the PC's success into its dominant position, then MS used product tying and a barrage of anti-competitive practices to parlay DOS's success into Windows/Office success. Faced with open competition on a level playing field, it seems as if MS always loses.
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