The New Byte Rehashes Old Microsoft Concerns
The VAR Guy recently discovered that Byte — one of the most popular tech magazines of the 1980s — is back online. Our resident blogger expected to find some incredible, unique insights from the newly polished Byte brand. Instead, he got a rehash of the old debate: Is Windows dying and is Microsoft in decline?
The new Byte does a decent job rehashing what we already know: Windows sales are declining — though only by 1 percent or so in Microsoft’s most recent quarter. Byte goes on to cite unnamed sources who indicate that Microsoft is struggling to extend the Windows brand into the smart phone and tablet markets.
Um, do we really need anonymous sources to tell us what the entire world already knows?
Byte’s bigger problem involves what the news site didn’t cover: Microsoft’s rapidly growing businesses. Generally speaking, Byte fails to explore how Microsoft…
- recently delivered record quarterly revenues;
- continues to build new, multi-billion-dollar businesses around Windows Server, System Center, Lync, SharePoint and Exchange integrations;
- has a pretty darn solid cloud strategy based on Windows Azure and Office 365;
- is sitting on $48.72 billion in cash, according to Yahoo Finance.
Microsoft deserves criticism for its recent failures in the smart phone and tablet markets. But critics need to open their eyes and ears to the rest of the Microsoft story, where sales continue to grow and grow.