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 Sep 29, 2005 - 10:00 AM - by Michael
* Xbox lost $4Billion?

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Forbes is reporting that the Xbox has been a loss for MS to the tune of $4 billion, a hefty price tag just to get their foot in the door.

I can see it, given how their first crop of games ran. But they've gotten a lot better since in many respects.

Then again, Microsoft is so vehemently competitive that it could yet prevail in videogames, searching and servers. Microsoft is "the world's largest startup," says star programmer Ray Ozzie, who wrote Lotus Notes and joined Microsoft in April when it acquired his startup, Groove. "No one seems to feel comfortable in their own skin here. It's weird. They still need to succeed." He observes what Steve Ballmer is too proud to say: "The top executives get the potential Microsoft has. But the next tier of employees doesn't because of the stock price."
They also talk about the expectations for the Xbox360 - personally, I'm still waiting to see the final product, and for confirmation on the backwards compatibility question for a few of my favorite years-past titles.

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