Microsoft hosted its annual analyst day in Redmond yesterday, laying out its plans to dominate the consumer electronics market as well as convince investors that the company is on track to re-energize growth.
But many questions remain for this technology giant.
In discussions with analysts, CEO Steve Ballmer and his team detailed many initiatives for its eight key business segments: Xbox & TV, Bing, Windows Phone, Windows, Microsoft Office, Windows Server, SQL Server database, and Business Users (e.g. Exchange, SharePoint, Virtualization).
In its Enterprises & Devices Division, there are two new products expected for the 2010 holiday season. The Kinect motion controller for Xbox, and Windows Phone 7, an advanced operating system for phones, were touted as major winning products; but whether that dream will turn into reality remains to be seen.
Bing continues to gain traction in search and momentum is clearly on their side. Additionally, Microsoft has embraced Cloud computingand its products are moving towards virtual integration.
The company is benefiting from a healthy consumer demand for Windows 7 with sales hitting 175 million copies to date, and according to Microsoft, the product his already installed in one out of seven computers globally. And with the economy making a modest recovery, the technology refresh cycle is now on the upswing with pent-up demand being unleashed after two years of IT belt tightening.