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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The Desktop Operating System Wars are over and Microsoft won. Microsoft's Windows, in its various forms, is the most popular computer operating system in the world. It ships on over 70% of all new PCs and is projected to remain the number one OS, though in ever declining numbers, through about 2011.
Through leveraging their monopoly in computer Operating Systems and Office Applications Software, Microsoft has become one the richest companies in the world -- if not in history. In the 4th fiscal quarter of 2006 the Microsoft Client division recorded revenue of $2.59 billion, a decrease of $841 million, or 25 percent, from the same amount recorded a year earlier. Net income in the division was $1.88 billion, down $780 million, or 29 percent, from the $2.66 billion profit recorded a year ago.
Historically, only the Client Division (desktop OS) and Information Worker Division (MS Office) have consistantly made a profit. Microsoft is desparately trying to diversify, branching into online services, games, advertising, etc. Their Herculean efforts to forestall the inevitable have paid off big in terms of $$, but they see the writing on the wall.
Windows is going away.