Microsoft really could’ve saved a lot of time during its latest financial earnings call by quoting Dickens: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” It is the age of PC gaming… but the PC is dying? 

Well, we’ve heard that one before, but it was nonetheless part of Microsoft’s justification for a major 39% drop in Windows OEM revenue in its most recent quarter. OEM refer to the companies like Dell and HP that sell PCs with Windows installed; since none of them have migrated to Linux in the last few months, it’s pretty safe to say Microsoft’s revenue drop here correlates to a significant drop in PC sales, and thus a lot less cash coming in for all those preinstalled copies of Windows. That’s what Microsoft is saying: the company blamed “continued PC market weakness and a strong prior year comparable” for the drop.

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