Billg's billions keep rolling in
Much to the dismay of Microsoft opponents, the IT giant is forging ahead at full steam despite allegedly being pecked to death by penguins, people switching to Macs and nobody buying Windows Vista. Although some revenue was deferred from October, Microsoft racked up US$14.4 billion in revenue for the last quarter. In overly-strong Kiwi dollars, that's $19.5 billion.
Nothing much in the IT world can keep up with Microsoft in the money stakes. This year, it looks like revenue will be NZ$77 billion with NZ$30 billion income. Google and Apple pale in comparison.
Microsoft reckons it has shipped some twenty million Vista licenses already; while it's early days yet, signs point to Vista nay-sayers being wrong. The demand is there.
The chinks in Microsoft's fiscal armour remain online services and entertainment, with the latter even going backwards by a fifth in the last quarter. It looks like Microsoft is still very much a traditional software company; and, if that's what people want, who can fault MS?