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Ballmer Criticizes I.B.M.’s High-Profit Diet

Oct 09, 2009, 22:35 (3 Talkback[s])
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""I.B.M. is the company that is notable for going the other direction," he said. "I.B.M.'s footprint is more narrow today than it was when I started. I am not sure that has been to the long-term benefit of their shareholders."

"I.B.M. sold off its networking business in 1999 and then steadily exited lower-margin hardware businesses throughout this decade. I.B.M. has argued that it makes more sense to concentrate on higher-profit businesses and leave the grunt work to other guys, namely Hewlett-Packard. Today, I.B.M. directs most of its energy toward software and services and continues to sell higher-margin hardware like Unix servers and mainframes."

Some more unintentional comedy from Microsoft-- ed.

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