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Old 23. Aug 2013, 04:00 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Microsoft has announced that CEO Steve Ballmer is retiring in a year, Was he pushed? Will this make Microsoft a better company? The stock market seems glad that Ballmer is leaving. Should we expect a more innovative company?
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Pity he's not taking Windows 8 with him as part of his retirement package.
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Do you think the reason is because they forced him into retirement by installing Windows 8 on his work PC.
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Do you think the reason is because they forced him into retirement by installing Windows 8 on his work PC.
Maybe he was caught using Linux on his desktop like a past MS employee.
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One trouble with Ballmer (and Microsoft in general) was his failure to understand consumers. Remember his famous remark when the iPhone first came out:

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance."
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From my perspective, two things have characterized Steve Ballmer:
  • Statements that are intended to create the market sentiment that fits with his plans, a la the iPhone comment. So I stopped listening to him in about 1994.
  • Avoiding new technologies that don't fit with his plans. Unlike Google which fires a shotgun at new technologies and sees how many it can hit, Microsoft appears to back a few key technologies that become the focus of its plans.

I expect their stock price and market performance will probably go down with a loosening of focus.
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