Microsoft Faces the Post-PC World

Published on August 15, 2011
by Nick Wingfield

Microsoft Corp. is confronting the biggest challenge to its Windows franchise so far: a world where mobile phones and tablets are handling more of the computing chores once only done on personal computers.

Windows may be 25 years old, but it is no less critical to Microsoft’s future. The software generated $19 billion in revenue last fiscal year and produced $12.3 billion in profit — nearly half of Microsoft’s operating income. But Windows revenue has declined in each of the past two quarters.

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