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Analysis of Strategic Factors. Since you are aware that your analysis of strategic factors or SFAS (Strategic Factor Analysis Summary) is based on IFAS and EFAS tables, and since we will need to understand your choices, you are required to submit the three tables in Excel format in one separate file from your written Word assignment. No submission of an Excel file or submission of a table in a Word file will cause you to lose half of the points of this assignment. No comments are needed on the IFAS and the EFAS tables, but comments are needed on the SFAS table, which is the foundation for this assignment (You will submit one Excel file that will include three separate sheets, one for the IFAS, one for the EFAS and one for the SFAS). As a reminder, two files are to be submitted: One Excel file (counting for three pages) and one Word file (five to seven pages double-spaced). You will be graded on your knowledge of the software and math in building the MS Excel tables, and on your ability to communicate in writing and present your arguments.

(http://www.microsoft.com/msft/default.mspx).
Using your readings, the Library, and the Internet, and any additional resources necessary, you are being asked to complete the following sections of a Strategic Audit
8 to 10 Pages

Strategic Alternatives and Recommended Strategy Here you will be graded on your ability to analyze economic, socio-cultural, political-legal, technological, and financial data to justify your available strategies and the one(s) you recommend.

Implementation: Describe the implementation of the strategy(ies) you recommended.

Evaluation and Control How do you evaluate the performance of your implemented strategy(ies)? For a sample outline of a Strategic Audit, review examples starting on page 78 and appendix 11.C.

You were very helpful with me on my last assignment. I would appreciate your assistance if you don't mind. Thanks in advance

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Strategic Alternatives and Recommended Strategy Here you will be graded on your ability to analyze economic, socio-cultural, political-legal, technological, and financial data to justify your available strategies and the one(s) you recommend.

Implementation: Describe the implementation of the strategy(ies) you recommended.

Evaluation and Control How do you evaluate the performance of your implemented strategy(ies)?
The strategic alternatives for Microsoft are as follows:
1. Microsoft can continue with its strategy of depending on Windows and software it is attempting to market.
2. Microsoft should consider developing and marketing open source code for an operating system/software and make it better than Linux.
3. Microsoft should extend its market by entering emerging markets.

Evaluation of alternatives:
1. Microsoft can continue with its strategy of depending on Windows and software it is attempting to market.
Microsoft cannot continue with its strategy of depending on Windows and Office software. The reason is that because of the weak global economy, the sales of PCs are falling, and it is a matter of time before Microsoft loses its markets to open code operating systems like Linux.
2. Microsoft should consider developing and marketing open source code for an operating system/software and make it better than Linux.
Microsoft should seriously consider developing and marketing open source code for the operating system/software. The reason is that open source code is perceived to be less costly and is preferred by end-users. Further, the OEM makers will also prefer open source code software because it has a good ...

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