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#1 dvb2000

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 00:31

MICROSOFT said its fiscal third-quarter profit had declined 6.5 per cent, dragged down by slumping personal-computer sales and a sales-boosting adjustment a year earlier for software upgrades.

 

http://www.theaustra...k-1226895572032

 

yeah, sure Microsoft, its all because those pesky PC makers can't sell PCs. Nothing to do with the software they run!




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Posted 25 April 2014 - 00:33

:laugh:



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 00:38

Yeah? Why not post an entire article instead of the very first clickbait heading that uses stupid words like "slide" ?
 

(Reuters) - Microsoft Corp (MSFT) said on Thursday fiscal third-quarter profit fell slightly as sales of personal computers continued to slide, hurting its consumer business, but it still managed to beat Wall Street's pessimistic forecasts.

The world's largest software company reported quarterly profit of $5.66 billion, or 68 cents per share, compared with $6.05 billion, or 72 cents, in the year-ago quarter.

The decline was exaggerated by deferred revenues boosting the year-ago figure, and the latest quarter's profit beat Wall Street's average estimate of 63 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.

Sales fell 0.4 percent to $20.4 billion, meeting analysts' average estimate.

"We would characterize these results as solid in a choppy IT spending environment," said Daniel Ives, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets. "The company benefited from less PC headwinds in the quarter, which helped the overall bread and butter Windows business and contributed to a good top-line performance."


http://www.ibtimes.c...es-fall-1576093

Yup $5.66 billion in profit, beats estimates, stock up $1 (2.6%) in after hours trading

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 00:43

Yeah? Why not post an entire article instead of the very first clickbait heading that uses stupid words like "slide" ?
 

http://www.ibtimes.c...es-fall-1576093

Yup $5.66 billion in profit, beats estimates, stock up $1 (2.6%) in after hours trading. Clearly doom and gloom :rolleyes:

 

 

Itz coolz teh hates da M$.  All the kids are doing it.  You didn't get the memo?  :woot:

 

Good job Microsoft.  I will say this over and over again, when Microsoft is focused, they bring forth results.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 21:03

shocking



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 21:23

Terrible OS design for desktops, no new functionality. The only reason to purchase the OS is when the old desktop dies - at that point most go for an Android or Apple tablet, I mean who would go for Windows - there have been terrible feedback from such and such in the office!

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 21:29

Terrible OS design for desktops, no new functionality. The only reason to purchase the OS is when the old desktop dies - at that point most go for an Android or Apple tablet, I mean who would go for Windows - there have been terrible feedback from such and such in the office!


That bad huh?

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 21:35

Terrible OS design for desktops, no new functionality. The only reason to purchase the OS is when the old desktop dies - at that point most go for an Android or Apple tablet, I mean who would go for Windows - there have been terrible feedback from such and such in the office!

 

Oh you know, only ~80% of the desktops/laptops on the planet. Not many.  Lol.

 

SUCH AND SUCH said that? OH NO! It must be true.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 21:38

Terrible OS design for desktops, no new functionality. The only reason to purchase the OS is when the old desktop dies - at that point most go for an Android or Apple tablet, I mean who would go for Windows - there have been terrible feedback from such and such in the office!


The only thing terrible is how poor a job Microsoft has done in educating users how to use Windows 8. When trained and shown how to customize the Start Screen, users see and enjoy the benefits and the time-savings. It's mainly when people attempt to apply their old methods of using a computer without objective (and dare I say, positive) guidance that you have negative feedback.

Instead of the "Hi" and "You can get new apps from the store" messages, a program should start that guides users in customizing their Start Screen with the programs, apps, people, websites, and content that matters to them. When people without a pre-conceived bias are shown how to do this, they generally like Windows 8.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 22:08

The only thing terrible is how poor a job Microsoft has done in educating users how to use Windows 8. When trained and shown how to customize the Start Screen, users see and enjoy the benefits and the time-savings. It's mainly when people attempt to apply their old methods of using a computer without objective (and dare I say, positive) guidance that you have negative feedback.

Instead of the "Hi" and "You can get new apps from the store" messages, a program should start that guides users in customizing their Start Screen with the programs, apps, people, websites, and content that matters to them. When people without a pre-conceived bias are shown how to do this, they generally like Windows 8.

-Forjo

My job actually exists because of Windows 8 I feel. I help bridge the gap for people to be able to get behind Windows 8. The problem is that I feel a lot of this shouldn't need explanation. I shouldn't get calls simply because someone can't figure out how to close an application.

 

Microsoft should have bridged the gap better, and it sucks when you're trying to sell a computer that has bad reviews, only for the reviews to be about Windows 8 and absolutely nothing to do with the hardware at hand. :/



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 22:09

Terrible OS design for desktops, no new functionality. The only reason to purchase the OS is when the old desktop dies - at that point most go for an Android or Apple tablet, I mean who would go for Windows - there have been terrible feedback from such and such in the office!

 

No idea what is bad about the OS design for windows. Have no problem at all and it's just sad I'll be stuck with that horrible and cluttered useless start menu soon just because a bunch of nitwit clowns decided to blow up a storm on a none issue.

 

Windows 8 is by far superior to any previous OS, it runs smoother and on more hardware than 7 and 'just works' ..

 

Good luck using your Android or Apple tablets for any serious productivity work. All they do is basically be controllers for other hardware. And no, I did not miss the release of 'Office' for iPad.. I suggest you do a proper 1:1 compare with Office running on a Windows platform, including the tablets.

 

Most of the people providing the 'bad feedback' are going on hearsay and have not even really used windows 8. Just like with Xbox the loud minority managed to force MSFT to take out some innovative and great features or water them down. And I'll give you that MSFT is in part to blame for still not being able to sell their own product at their worth.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 22:18

Yesterday after MS' earnings announcement, there were people making comments such as "They said that Microsoft was doomed." Others replied back with comments such as "Who said that" implying it never happened.

 

This is an example of one of those people who said "Microsoft is doomed" and you can find a good number of others that like it. But the next time around it will all be forgotten, and the attacks will start again.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 22:19

My job actually exists because of Windows 8 I feel. I help bridge the gap for people to be able to get behind Windows 8. The problem is that I feel a lot of this shouldn't need explanation. I shouldn't get calls simply because someone can't figure out how to close an application.
 
Microsoft should have bridged the gap better, and it sucks when you're trying to sell a computer that has bad reviews, only for the reviews to be about Windows 8 and absolutely nothing to do with the hardware at hand. :/


You are absolutely correct. Microsoft has done a VERY poor job educating users. They should have worked harder to ease the transition.

In your example, for instance, Microsoft could have actually TOUTED "and new in Windows 8, don't WORRY about closing applications. We'll manage that for you. Just click or press the Start Flag to find your next destination."

But the OS was never properly introduced. So people resort to hating what they don't understand.

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Posted 25 April 2014 - 22:27

We already knew PC sales were in decline. The decline started before Windows 8.



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Posted 25 April 2014 - 22:40

We already knew PC sales were in decline. The decline started before Windows 8.

 

Think of the PC decline before Windows 8 like a helium balloon slowly starting fall to the ground. Then think of "Windows 8" as a bazooka shot at that already in-trouble balloon.