Microsoft has been on the defensive for some time now batting back Apple and to a lesser extent Google for their prized Operating System business-line and Google and to a lesser extent Apple in their office-productivity business-line.
Not all is lost of course. Bing has made some inroads in search market share and the Kinect was the greatest selling consumer electronics device in history during its first 60 days. Sadly though, these successes have not been accretive to Microsoft’s stock, which has been roughly flat since the dotcom bust.
Microsoft is looking to keep Apple and Google on their FaceTime and GoogleVoice empires. Microsoft has just purchased Skype for $8.5 billion. Skype, the popular voice and text messaging service has 170 million users, or more than the population of Mexico.