What’s next with Microsoft

Author: Steven Zolman

“Microsoft Corp. today announced record fourth-quarter revenue of $16.04 billion for the quarter ended June 30, 2010, a 22% increase from the same period of the prior year. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $5.93 billion, $4.52 billion and $0.51 per share, which represented increases of 49%, 48% and 50%, respectively, when compared with the prior year period.”

Sounds like pretty good results to me. However, the headlines were “fiscal fourth-quarter earnings … easily topped estimates, but failed to excite investors.” and “Microsoft To Face Tough Questions From Analysts”

And, Microsoft recently concluded their annual Partner and Sales conferences.

What does any of that mean to an IT decisionmaker? A lot. Microsoft have announced their plans and goals or the coming 12 months, and they include a continued shift toward services instead of perpetual licenses.

In plain language from Steve Ballmer: “If you don’t want to move to the cloud, we’re not your folk”

So, when will you be ready to move your business into Microsoft’s cloud? How will you know, what are your alternatives, and when do you need to start moving?

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