you heard that right "MicroCrap" aka Microsoft. for some reason, MicroCrap is rising from the death of PCs. The arrival of virtualization and zero clients will put the nail on Intel-MicroCrap coffin. It's not a sudden death. it's going to be a slow process. I suspect the institution sponsorship makes this dead cat bounce!!! 1) big companies will leverage the low maintenance cost of zero client and virtualization, and move away from using personal PC on their corporate network. 2) the new trend is company nowadays outsourcing their IT department to Software As a Service, Platform As A Service like Amazon AWS. As a result, they don't need to spend money on upgrading the big hardware footprint at the server end: a MicroCrap source of revenue. 3) MSFT no longer monopolizes the the OS market. Red Hat, Linux, Sun can provide alternative solution, even Google Doc can be used to meet one's documentation requirements. 4) Mobile devices will also eat away MSFT dominant position. 5) looking at the charts of DELL and HPQ, they clearly indicate everyone jumping off these two ships. that tells demand for PCs is going down.