Originally Posted by onlysublime
No need to exaggerate. Your numbers are way off. Office is not $300 and never has been $300. You can get a 5 user license for $99/year if you go with Office 365. And if you're considering corporate, it's cheaper the more users you have. Or if you're the type to never upgrade Office, you can buy Office for $150 for a single user license.
ChromeOS and OS X marketshare is miniscule and that's giving them more credit than they deserve. And they know they can't throw in the consumer side and will never do so. It's more likely that Sony disappears (with all the money problems they have) than Microsoft throws in the consumer side. Microsoft still rakes in well over $24 billion in profit quarterly.
You're right, it's $400 retail for the pro version. $220 for the lowest version with outlook (and every place I've ever worked uses outlook). Corporate gets a break with the volume licenses but it's still hundreds of dollars per user for windows and office combined.
I just googled this, seems legit enough: http://www.tannerhelland.com/4993/microsoft-money-updated-2013/
The vast, vast majority of their income comes from non-consumer ventures. Xbox/entertainment revenue makes up only 10% and looks like maybe 2-3% of profit by eyeballing the income chart. I agree Sony on the whole is much more in peril, but even if xbox brings in a little it's still small potatoes compared to what they really make their money on. They could absolutely throw out the consumer side out without batting an eyelash.
I'm not counting out a comeback, but the wind isn't blowing in their direction in the consumer space right now. I don't think it's imminent, but the idea of MS taking a step back and reevaluating where they focus their energy really isn't that absurd of a proposition. And I dont think gamers have anything to be afraid of if that happens either, the xbox brand is way too valuable to go away.
Ultimately I want them to be competitive since everyone wins in that case, but the incessant need to drag one product down to prop up another doesn't make for great products. They let PC gaming languish while they chased consoles - there's no reason steam should be the driving force in PC gaming, let alone moving towards making proper controller-driven living room PCs. That should have been Microsoft all along!