I saw this chart here.
Ignoring for a nano second the dreadful line/area approach instead of the far easier to interpret column style, a couple of things jump out at me.
Didn’t Windows, and Microsoft get a up-tick from the Win 7 release?
And secondarily, isn’t Office absolutely flat over the same period? Even though Sharepoint has allegedly become a billion dollar product over the period (revenue not profit), and Great Plains was integrated into MDB in 2006, not sure if thats in the chart or just before – if its in it didn’t have a profit impact did it?
Look at March 2007 the official start of the Oww starts now campaign for Vista of Office 2007.
I don’t think you could look at the chart and say Office client has been a runaway success, to me considering the success of the server tools side of Office, it looks like Office 2007 client has lost impact.
It won’t come as news to some of you that I think the ribbon is the all time most expensive mistake Microsoft has made so far. I wouldn’t be so blinkered to say this chart categorically proves it, but it certainly doesn’t show ‘our fastest selling ever’ either.
I suppose I could dig out the underlying numbers to see a bit more clearly, in particular I would have expected a bit of a drop when they stopped selling 2003, although perhaps the heavy influence of EA and SA enterprise licensing hides the retail story.
Anyway, how do you interpret this? to support your preconceived idea or disprove it?