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Assessing Microsoft's Future
This paper provides an assessment of Microsoft's future, looking at its strengths and weaknesses.
# 107297 | 881 words | 3 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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In this article, the writer notes that Microsoft today is more challenged than ever before in several major areas of its business. The most significant risk is in its server and enterprise divisions due to the widespread adoption of open source operating systems throughout enterprise accounts, which is the main source of revenue for Microsoft in their operating systems business. The writer also points out that the several threats that Google poses to Microsoft are just as significant yet have implications for the company's search, advertising revenue and increasingly, office productivity products including Microsoft Office. In addition, the writer discusses that Microsoft's lack of ability to deliver products on schedule and the scrapping of the early edition of the Windows Vista operating system in 2005 only to completely re-write and release it by 2007 illustrates the company's difficulty in synchronizing the efforts of thousands of developers. The writer maintains that Microsoft is clearly at a crossroads in its future direction based on the escalating competitive threats externally and the apparent lack of synchronization internally. All of these factors contribute to an uncertain future for Microsoft today. This paper includes PDF links to references.

Still Strong in Core Businesses
Microsoft's Weaknesses
Microsoft's Critical Decisions

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bear Stearns (2007) - Bearn Stearns Equity Research. John DiFucci. November 22, 2006. Bear Stearns Research. New York, NY.
  • Credit Suisse (2007) - Microsoft Corporation. Jason Maynard. April 26, 2007. Credit Suisse First Research. New York, NY.
  • PacificCrest (2007) - Microsoft Corporation Morning Research Note. May 29, 2007. PacifiCrest Research. Bernard Barnicle and Matthew Coss.

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