re: 5 Moves Microsoft Must Make In 2012
I may be alone in this, but I'm willing to go out on a limb and say it - the best thing that Ballmer can do for Microsoft is resign.
He totally missed the boat with mobility and still doesn't get it even though he seems to be paying more attention. Tablets work because they are small, light weight, and easy to use. Windows - in its many forms - is NOT. MS has always been of a mind to put their full OS on a tablet and if they do it again, even with the MetroUI pulled out of Windows Phone and ported to Windows 8, they are going to wind up with a slate based TabletPC again, and its going to bomb just like it did the first time.
Windows 7 was a DEFINITE step in the right direction. It brought stability and compatibility from Vista and XP and gave users a reason to leave XP, a 10+ year old OS, behind; but Windows 8 with its current Metro and tablet PC styled focus, is not. It needs to be mobile complementary, yes... Mobile compatible yes, but the way its currently structured with Metro on top of the full OS, the device is going to be too big, too heavy and to hot for users to work with all day long.
Ballmer has stuggled since taking the helm at Microsoft, and the company hasn't been able to stay on track. It has been in a steady state of decline since he took over. Leadership...Leadership is responsible for this, and Ballmer is the current leader. The responsibility for that CLEARLY lies with him. He, and the resulting stock numbers over the past decade, have clearly demonstrated that is he not the right leader. Microsoft has had a long history of playing catch up, even under Gates; and it needs to be a strong, clear leader as pgreen017 states. They need to slim down, get back to their core competancies, and focus on those things they know they do right and do well.
MS is going to need a well established leader who inspires his/her team to perform well, perform consistently, and to address their user's needs, wants and desires. Regardless of what anyone says, that isn't Ballmer. He is not inspiring, charismatic or in any way dynamic. Its time the board acted and made an appropriate change to right the course of the company before it hits an iceberg and sinks.
But I'm just sayin'...