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December 15, 2006

Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, December 15, 2006

Posted by David Hunter at 7:48 PM ET.

Microsoft is expected to get an revenue and earnings boost because there will be no undelivered element deferral for Vista. Actually, it’s not really a boost but an avoidance of delayed recognition, but it looks like a boost. This accounting change had been announced along with the accounting treatment for the Vista holiday coupons.

Microsoft launches new global ad site at http://advertising.microsoft.com/. What took them so long? It still seems heavy on the last generation of web advertising though. Must be the Bradford effect.

Reruns already? 1998 video deposition of Bill Gates shown at Iowa trial.

“Gears of War” made history today by becoming the fastest-selling next-generation game of 2006 and the fastest-selling exclusive Xbox game ever. Not to rain on the Xbox 360 parade, but consider that Sony’s PS3 Could Still Outsell Microsoft’s XBox 360 in 2006. I consider it unlikely, but only because of Sony product shortages.

Microsoft’s Avanade joint IT services venture with Accenture is doing well.

It was amusing while it lasted – Research Firm Clarifies: iTunes Sales Are Not Collapsing. Related: Digital Music Sales Soar in 2006.

More wrong conclusions – Vista flaw could haunt Microsoft. True, SQL Server 2005 Express SP2 with Vista support is late, but it has nothing to do with enterprise installations of SQL Server and competiton in that space with Oracle and IBM. It has everything to do with desktop applications from Microsoft and third parties which years ago bought into using the functionality of a desktop version of SQL Server which doesn’t exist yet in Vista compatible form.

The bad news: Third MS Word Code Execution Exploit Posted. The good news: Microsoft Patches Windows XP Wireless, Tells No One. I can’t explain it either.



Filed under Accenture, Advertising, Alliances, Antitrust, Apple, Bill Gates, Coopetition, Executives, Financial, General Business, Governmental Relations, Joanne Bradford, Legal, MSN, Microsoft, OS - Client, Office, SQL Server, Security, Servers, Sony, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Word, Xbox, adCenter

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One Response to “Microsoft Weekly Miscellany, December 15, 2006”

  1. Microsoft 2Q FY07 earnings pregame show -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] We’ve previously discussed the Vista coupons and Microsoft’s related scurrying to claim the oddly arranged deferral, but the real question is how many people are actually going to take Microsoft up on their offer particularly using the coupons that require an additional payment. You can examine Microsoft’s “deferral” assumptions in the PowerPoint slide deck where they also revealed that they will actually also be getting a revenue and earnings boost by not taking an undelivered element deferral for Vista like they did for Windows XP. Confusing? You bet.  [...]

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