Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) reported a strong quarter at the end of October on the back of resurgent demand in the PC market. But the key issue to watch is the important transition in the company’s major technologies.
Microsoft just launched its very successful Windows 7 operating system, which has produced a major new upgrade cycle in the industry. In England, for example, Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) had more success selling Windows 7 packages than it did Harry Potter books. Windows 7 has major advantages over Vista, including speed, simplicity and booting time. This is prompting Vista users, as well as those who skipped Vista, to upgrade.