It is not surprising really with the world economic situation at the moment. What is surprising though, is that according to Microsoft this is the first time in 23 years that their sales have dropped. 23 years. Yes, you have read that correctly. 23 years. According to numbers that the company has just released, sales fell 6 percent year-over-year, while overall net income dropped a staggering 32 percent.
I think this will cause a fair bit of panic over at Microsoft, but I don’t think Microsoft are going anywhere in the near future, so don’t worry. That does leave Windows 7 under quite a bit of pressure to be a success.
On the other hand though, their fierce rivals are doing the exact opposite. Apple keeps selling iPods, iPhones and Macs. The company just reported a $1.21b profit on revenues of $8.16b.