Microsoft Requests $20 Billion Bailout

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  1. unique_exposure

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    Microsoft requested on Tuesday some $20 billion in bailout funds from the federal government, claiming that as the company controlling an overwhelming share of the OS market, it is too big to fail. The company said low adoption rates for Windows Vista, the ensuing ad campaign trying to convince people that they really do like Vista, and the increased need for development resources to rush Windows 7 to market to make people forget about Vista have necessitated the bailout.

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    Ballmer didn't say if Microsoft executives would still receive bonuses if the company succeeded in getting bailout funds. He also did not indicate how the company intended to spend any bailout money it might receive, merely explaining that it would be used to "fund operations."

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    Pepper also said that his sources within Microsoft were indicating that the money might be used for a surprising purpose: suing Apple, Google, open source companies, and other entities Microsoft has labeled "revenue stealers" in internal communications. Microsoft has antagonized the companies in the past and most recently sued Linux vendor TomTom over alleged patent violations.

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    Microsoft asks feds for a bailout | InfoWorld | Analysis | 2009-04-01 | By Pete Babb


    Ridiculous!
     
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    fudge 'em

    they've been exporting expertise to the PRC, which, of course, the PRC is using in developing military applications aimed, inter alia, at the destruction of the USA, launching cyber attacks against the civilized world, and keeping the Tibetans oppressed

    fudge 'em royally, I say!
     
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    it's an april fools day joke :rolleyes:
     
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    true

    I still say fudge 'em!
     
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    I know it was a little late for an April fools joke, but yes, FUDGE EM!
     
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    Microsoft isn't going anywhere. Despite Apple growing at a steady rate (and being a devoted Mac freak), Microsoft still have the lockdown on several, everyday computer related things. They still maintain the most popular consumer OS platform (Windows), maintain the most widely used business software (Microsoft Office), and even have a viable game system that competes with Sony (XBox & 360).

    An obvious April Fools joke. But nice try. :wink:
     
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