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What's With Microsoft?
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For some reason I keep getting the impression that Microsoft is taking the long slid downward. I could be wrong, but here is a great example, compliments of my daily report from PCWorld.com.

Windows Phone sales collapse as Microsoft ravages Nokia remnants: Already meager sales fell by an additional 76 percent in the June quarter

Quote:Sales of Windows Phones plunged 76 percent in the second quarter, plummeting from 8.2 million in 2015 to less than 2 million this year, researcher Gartner said today.

The dramatic decline was more fallout from Microsoft’s botched acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, the writing off of more than $10 billion, and the subsequent decision to back out of the consumer smartphone market.

According to Gartner, global sales of Windows-powered smartphones in the June quarter came to just under 2 million units. In a filing with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) last month, Microsoft put its smartphone sales at around 1.2 million. The difference between Gartner’s and Microsoft’s numbers—about 750,000 smartphones—represented what the former believed other device makers sold during the quarter.

As recently as May, Microsoft executives again asserted that the company was not giving up on homegrown smartphones, even as they acknowledged that they needed to better focus their efforts.

But the decline of Windows smartphones portrayed by Gartner was stunning. In 2015’s June quarter, Microsoft’s operating system powered 2.5 percent of all smartphones sold. Twelve months later, Windows’ share of sales had collapsed to less than six-tenths of a percentage point.

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