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I am thinking of writing an article about how to setup Zimbra mail server
That would be great. Over the years I've tried various mail servers (running on Windows servers) and for the life of me, I cannot understand how something so fundamentally simple can be made so complicated and with unintelligible documentation. Makes me want to write my own.
While I do agree that Ballmer is a disaster, I wouldn't put much faith in this analyst. He has a long history of doom saying over Microsoft. The fact he was using inaccurate data should tell you everything you need to know.
*pre-emptive celebratory nipple tassle jiggle* - Sean Ewington
They could have a successful company based off of their Xbox brand alone. Not to mention Office and Windows 7, which they ensured will sell well for years to come Not everyone is going to switch to a Mac or (trying to stifle a laugh) Linux. (And I like Linux! But the dream of it taking over the desktop are long, long dead. It's everywhere else, so it's ok.) And tablets cannot do what desktops can. Maybe some day they will essentially be what desktops are - big and not so portable screens - but isn't that still a desktop? I haven't used a screen smaller than 15" in 20 years! Except for my phone... Hmm.
Anyway, I am not sure how well their MS Mouse division is doing these days...
Look at me still talking when there's science to do
When I look out there it makes me glad I'm not you
And why sell it? From a purely monetary perspective, why not do what Abbot Laboratories just did and split the company into, say, three pieces, each one public? It would make loads of cash for everyone involved.
Do you know how long it takes for a company with the bank account size of Microsoft to go bankrupt? Moreover, despite what alarmists have said about other companies (i.e. GM), even if Microsoft proper declared bankruptcy, it wouldn't simply disappear. One thing going for Microsoft is that for the size of company it is, it is surprising how fast it can pivot and move in a new direction. In the case of Windows 8, it wouldn't take much work to throw back in Aero and make Windows 9 or Windows 7.1 or whatever you want to call it.
Added: I do think Ballmer should go. I also think this guy is shorting Microsoft stock and wants the company to crash. I think he's going to be disappointed.