Subject: Re: "I've got more programmers than you"
From: "Karsten M. Self" <>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 10:02:56 -0700
Fri, 5 Oct 2001 10:02:56 -0700
on Fri, Oct 05, 2001 at 07:07:47PM +0900, Stephen J. Turnbull (

>     Zimran> software world could you gripe about a 20%
>     Zimran> margin being slim. Most industries would kill for
>     Zimran> margins that fat.
> Most industries also don't have to worry about a Finnish college kid
> with no financial backing at all kicking their whole raison d'etre out
> from under them.  A 20% margin on products that make it to market is
> nowhere near good enough in software development, any more than it is
> in drug development.  That margin has to pay for all the failures you
> never admit even got started (not to mention the ones that got
> announced and you blew a wad on marketing before they got killed).

...which is fine if you're arguing his words, and well considered.

The facts though are that Microsoft tends to get about a 30% profit on
all operations.  Margin on product is likely higher.


Karsten M. Self <>
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