Subject: Re: "I've got more programmers than you"
From: Bernard Lang <Bernard.Lang@inria.fr>
Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2001 20:12:46 +0200



MS profit is above $100K per employee (the employee being already
paid, of course)

Bernard




On Fri, Oct 05, 2001 at 10:47:19AM -0700, Zimran Ahmed wrote:
> 
> > > 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.
> 
> this is quite true (in fact I argued this elsewhere)
> but that's to ammortize the software development cost.
> FSBs will not be successful without software
> versioning if they have to cover software development
> cost. And versioning software means you're moving to a
> mixed open-source, closed-source environment.
> 
> > all operations.  Margin on product is likely higher.
> 
> *much* higher. microsoft wastes alot of R&D, and uses
> all sorts of tricky accounting principles to smooth
> out its revenue. Product margins are obscenely high,
> even if operating margins aren't astronomical.
> 
> -zimran
> 
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