Today is the launch of Windows 7. I don’t think I’ll purchase a copy, as I’m still enjoying the Mac experience. But I don’t think Microsoft will really care much. Let’s look at these stats:
- Despite being branded a failure, there are 350 million PCs with Vista.
- Windows 7 been winning positive reviews.
- Bing is gaining market share at 9% of search share. When Yahoo! started using Bing across its many properties, Bing’s search share could jump to 30%.
- Despite the economic downturn, Microsoft can still afford to spend $9 billion on research and development.
- Various versions of Windows run on more than 95% of all PCs; the remaining are being shared by Mac, Linux,..
- Microsoft to spend up to $11 billion on its new search engine, Bing.
- Microsoft still with annual net income of $15 billion; many expect Windows division to earn $11 billion in profit for fiscal year 2010.
- It has CASH reserves at over $20 billion.
- It has market capitalization of $230 billion (Google with $158 billion).
- Browser IE still with over 60% of market share (Firefox in distant second at 23%)
All (almost) of the above details were derived from an article in the latest Fortune mag (Oct 26 2009 issue), titled Microsoft Reboots.