The Windows division posted total revenues of $5.7 billion, but after adjusting for revenue stemming from the deep Windows 8 discounts available last quarter
, that total drops to just $4.6 billion. This equates to flat year-on-year sales for the Windows division, meaning that Windows 8 has essentially done nothing for Microsoft’s bottom line.
With a few simple changes, such as removing the Start screen, resurrecting the Start button
, and booting straight to the Desktop
, Microsoft could make Windows 8 as desirable as Windows 7 for desktop and laptop users. Microsoft must
do this before enterprises are forced to upgrade from Windows XP, which is finally losing official support on April 8, 2014.