Aloft At Microsoft

The high-tech jitters may be gone, for now. But the buzz isn't going away. On Oct. 17, Microsoft Corp. announced quarterly earnings that showed an eye-popping 7 million copies of Windows 95 were sold to customers. That boosted revenues and earnings to record levels. But it hasn't prevented all the talk: Are Win95 sales slowing down? Are retailers sitting on a mountain of unsold inventory? Says analyst Rick G. Sherlund of Goldman, Sachs & Co.: "It was a terrific quarter, but the critical issue is, what is the current sell-through rate?"

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