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Microsoft Losing Luster?

It seems everyone is taking potshots at Microsoft recently. Goldman Sachs last week downgraded the stock and now The Huffington Post is arguing that Microsoft is fading from power, replaced by the likes of Facebook.

The impetus for this analysis? The fact that Facebook, now a partner of Microsoft, calls the Redmond giant "an underdog."

Facebook's nerdy young CEO Mark Zuckerberg thinks this underdog status is just the kick in the pants Microsoft needs.

Dan Lyons, who famously posed at The Fake Steve Jobs, wrote in Newsweek that Microsoft lost a lot of ground when Bill Gates left.

You know, all if this may be true. But I tend to look at financial reports, and each quarter it seems Microsoft is setting a new record for revenue and profit. I wouldn't mind being an underdog if I had that balance sheet!

What is your take? Is Microsoft losing its influence? Yeas and nays welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/20/2010 at 1:18 PM


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