Windows Vista financial impact seen as muted for Microsoft

“It’s taken five years for Microsoft Corp. to roll out a new version of its Windows operating system, so it’s understandable that Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is traveling to New York Thursday to celebrate its release by ringing the bell at the Nasdaq stock market,” John Shinal reports for MarketWatch.

Shinal reports, “But elsewhere in Manhattan, among the Wall Street analysts who cover Microsoft, the shipping of Vista to corporate customers is being greeted with a collective yawn.”

“While there is some debate among industry watchers and financial analysts about how fast corporations will switch to Vista, almost no one is predicting that its launch will have much of an impact on Microsoft’s finance, especially for the fiscal year ending in June,” Shinal reports. “Microsoft and the personal computer market that Windows dominates have changed dramatically in five years… While the most visible change is that the giant of Redmond, Wash., is no longer run by co-founder Bill Gates, no one on Wall Street doubts the abilities of Ballmer, who has been CEO since 2000.”

“Four out of every 10 dollars of Microsoft’s sales now come from products other than Windows and Office,” Shinal reports. “So it’s understandable that no one is expecting Vista to have anywhere near the impact of the release of Windows 95, the revolutionary product that gave users of Microsoft’s operating system the look and feel that previously had been the exclusive pleasure of users of Apple Computer Inc.’s Macintosh PCs.”

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“Apple Computer has released fresh iterations of its OS X operating system on a regular basis, leaping ahead of Windows in security and usability by making regular, incremental improvements,” Brian Caulfield reports for Red Herring. “Meanwhile, Microsoft struggled to lash a fresh batch of innovation together with the massive amount of software and hardware the Windows operating system has to orchestrate. Windows was already so sprawling that Sun Chairman Scott McNealy once referred to Windows as a ‘welded shut hairball.’ ‘It’s being driven by the inability of debugging and development efforts to scale up,’ said Linux advocate Eric Raymond of Vista’s many delays. ‘In other words, Vista is too big to work.'”

“Microsoft’s position atop the PC world makes it a very different company from Apple,” Caulfield reports. “However. Apple’s tight integration of hardware and software means it can move more quickly, and secretively, than Microsoft.”

“Nevertheless, Microsoft will have to find a way to move quicker. Look for the company to introduce a new version of Windows within two years that incorporates small, incremental improvements,” Caulfield reports.

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MacDailyNews Take: If no one on Wall Street doubts the abilities of Ballmer, then everyone on Wall Street is an idiot. It’s plain to see that Ballmer is presiding over the fall of Microsoft. May he stay as CEO forever! Obviously, nothing has changed on the Windows front. Windows remains a grotesque, upside-down and backwards, fake Mac produced by a tasteless, derivative, ethically-challenged company.

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37 Comments

  1. MDN says “May he stay as CEO forever! Nothing has changed on the Windows front. Windows remains a grotesque, upside-down and backwards, fake Mac produced by a tasteless, derivative, ethically-challenged company.”

    So, MDN, what is your point?? People have been buying crap for years and will continue to do so. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” /> We just have to learn to smile a coy smile and shake our heads sadly when we hear of a windows person having trouble.

    N.

  2. It’s difficult to believe that Wall Street types are so behind Ballmer. What has he done? The X-box that doesn’t bring in a profit, 5 years and umteen millions for Longhorn, Zune with no future, flat stock price. He must be good to do all that.

  3. “…the look and feel that previously had been the exclusive pleasure of users of Apple Computer Inc.’s Macintosh PCs.”

    Notice the author is really very intelligent. He realizes that using the Mac OS is a pleasure, and I don’t think anyone has ever said that about a Microsoft product…

  4. I`m sorry to say that these “anal”yst are wrong. It will have an enormous effect on MS finances. The average spending on large account users wil grow with 50% due to the introduction of the Enterprise CAL from Microsoft. Microsofts has packaged the infrastucture around Vista in such a way that most Corporations will feel that they have to go for Vista Enterprise. The new CAL is another $150 per user and that comes in addition to the 5% pricehike on the Desktop platform. As a Mac user of 22 years it hurts to see that even though their technology stinks, they are shrewd businessmen. If they know anything it is how to drain corporations of more an MORE money

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