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Blow a Sad Trombone for Microsoft

ballmer_pointing_downMicrosoft is scheduled to report fourth-quarter earnings Thursday and if last quarter is any indication, they won’t be pretty.

In April, when the company reported its first-ever year-over-year decline in quarterly revenue, CFO Chris Liddell said the weakness would persist through the next quarter. This is “the most difficult economic environment the company has faced in our history,” he said. So when the company reports subpar financials later this week, it should come as no surprise.

Certainly, analysts are already steeling themselves for a poor showing. Consensus estimates from Thomson Reuters have Microsoft (MSFT) posting earnings of 36 cents per share on revenue of $14.38 billion. That’s down quite a bit from the 46 cents a share and $15.84 billion Microsoft reported during the same period last year and demonstrates just how heavily the ongoing weakness in the PC and server markets is weighing on the company.

With global PC shipments at their worst since the great dark times of 2001, there’s little reason to expect things to improve for Microsoft anytime soon.

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work