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Old 01-23-2009, 06:11 PM   #1
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LXer: Frankly Speaking: For Microsoft, the pain is just beginning


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Microsoft cuts 5,000 jobs. That's the big news of the week. Not just because the layoffs will cut one in 20 of Microsoft's 91,000 employees. Not only because it signals just how hard Microsoft has been hurt by the failure of Vista and by shifts in the way big customers license and use software. Not even because of the grim sign it represents for the rest of the IT industry ...................... No, it's big because it means Microsoft has begun to hit bottom.

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:35 PM   #2
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Finally, it's beginning to die, slowly, painfully.

Oh, and more trouble for them ahead:
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/24/1721216
http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/01/24/1721216

Die, die, die !!!! Muhahahah !!!

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Old 01-24-2009, 12:59 PM   #3
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Mmmm, while it's undoubtedly pleasant to enjoy the downfall of the evil megacorporation known as Microsoft, let's not forget that each of those 5,000 people (and the 86,000 who still have jobs right now) are being thrown out of work and have to be wondering about their mortgages, health and the rest. Let's not go nuts on the gloating eh.
 
Old 01-24-2009, 01:58 PM   #4
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Surely their skills could be put to better use by a less evil company.
 
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Well, the company pays their mortgage and putting their kids through school, allows them paid holidays, provides health insurance and a pension and so on and their friends work there. How evil do you think they think it is?

I get what you and others are trying to say, but there is a very definite human element to these stories which must not be forgotten when gloating over a company being brought low.
 
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Well, if you want to look at it that way, things get more complicated. Wouldn't it save a lot of people a lot of money that would have gone to the evil empire and stuffing Gates' and Ballmer's pockets if they used another OS ? And this money saved could have been spent for all the things you said ...
 
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Certainly. But they were the best of the companies at the time and they still offer major kudos to anyone who can list them on their CV. It's all a matter of perspective.
 
  


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