5. Too big to fail
For all its many faults, Microsoft is still a money machine -- generating nearly $6 billion in profits over just the last three months. And as Steve Ballmer recently noted at the Web 2.0 confab, some 350 million Windows machines will be sold this year. So its ability to screw up massively and yet continue to survive is almost infinite. Which is why Microsoft will still be a factor to be reckoned with in mobile phones, tablets, gaming consoles, the cloud, or anything other area where Redmond focuses its gaze. It is simply too big to fail.
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