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The big problem with Microsoft is one of culture. They are forever chasing that which they don't have and neglecting that which they do have. Right now they are throwing their currently successful OS under the bus so they can chase the mobile/ tablet market. Windows 7 has been a hugely successful product and they are basically tossing it out the window to chase the mobile/ tablet market where they are likely to have single digit market shares for years.

They are profitable... and their stock has done decent for their shareholders, but they've squandered so much it makes me cringe. I also don't see a path forward for them. They need a new CEO to reboot the company the way Lou Gersner rebooted IBM. There is a lot of dead weight and bad investments there which if shaken loose could unlock a lot of value.
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