Ja, de kans is groot dat je dit op een Windows-pc leest, maar Windows zelf is steeds minder belangrijk voor Microsoft. Ed Bott van ZDnet keek onlangs uitgebreid naar de financiële status uit documenten die het bedrijf indiende bij beurswaakhond SEC. Hij merkte op dat Microsoft heel anders met zijn geld omgaat dan je zou verwachten.
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Do you think that Windows is number one in bringing in the cash? It's a reasonable assumption. Windows for years was the undisputed cash cow for Microsoft, and the company just rolled out a new version, Windows 10, that has been deemed a great improvement over its immediate predecessor, Windows 8. But the assumption is wrong. The biggest cash generator for Microsoft in the fourth quarter of 2015 was its server and cloud divisions.
So Windows must have been number two, right? No, that was gaming. There are a lot more Xboxes out there than you might think, and don't forget that Microsoft recently bought Mojang, makers of Minecraft.
Surely Windows would be at least number three, though. Sorry; the answer is still no. That spot goes to Microsoft Office. Down in fourth place, with just over 10% of Microsoft's revenue, you'll finally find Windows.
What has happened, however, is that the desktop has become less important. The tablet may not have killed off the PC, but it certainly has given it a fever, and smartphones have it throwing up.
True, the PC will never really die. Some people, such as me, will always need a real keyboard to get work done. But for other people, it's another story. Microsoft knows this. For the longest time, Microsoft kept trying