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Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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8/26/2013 | 6:24:13 PM
re: Ballmer Is Off The Matrix
I think that's fair. In the handful of interviews he's given since making the announcement, he's conceded that he didn't always give due attention to products that he "didn't get." Tablets fall squarely in that category, in a variety of ways. Ballmer deserves credit for growing Microsoft's server business, and the next CEO will appreciate some of the groundwork Ballmer laid with Office 365, Windows Azure and a few other pieces. But the next CEO will also probably wish that Ballmer had laid some of this groundwork a few years earlier. Ballmer is clearly a smart guy, but this was the wrong job at the wrong time, as his continual missteps over the years attest.
wht
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wht,
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8/26/2013 | 6:04:44 PM
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We'll possible never know, and it's really none of your damn business anyways.
wht
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wht,
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8/26/2013 | 6:03:55 PM
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Our company is successfully using Windows 8 and 8 Phones, and have been for a year, starting with the BETA version in the IT dept. In use on Ultrabooks, notebooks, 1 Surface Pro (more to come), and Desktops. Only a few have touch screens, the rest use a KB and mouse. User acceptance has been great. Some users jumped from XP, most from Windows 7. Note to Windows 8 haters...read the help and tutorial screens, and one of the KB tip guides and you won't be such a loser trying to understand Windows 8.
jries921
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8/26/2013 | 5:45:54 PM
re: Ballmer Is Off The Matrix
I do wonder if Ballmer's departure is truly voluntary, coming on the heels of the reported struggles of both MS' new tablet business and Windows 8. I was very surprised that Ballmer survived Vista, so the current troubles may have been the last straw.
jries921
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jries921,
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8/26/2013 | 5:43:11 PM
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Gates is not only on the Board of Directors; he's the Chairman and carries massive clout as the founder of the company. I've no doubt that if Gates had wanted Ballmer gone before now, it would have happened.

Gates is King; Ballmer is Prime Minister.
ANON1238069211759
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ANON1238069211759,
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8/26/2013 | 5:41:33 PM
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Maybe the people in Asia, where you live, haven't been able to steal the Windows 8 serial keys yet. rofl.
jries921
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jries921,
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8/26/2013 | 5:39:46 PM
re: Ballmer Is Off The Matrix
That was inherited. Ballmer may have helped to build the MS empire, but Bill Gates was in charge. It would have taken a truly horrible CEO to turn MS into a money loser and that does not appear to be Ballmer.

About the only good I can think to say about Ballmer is that he's passionate about MS and its products; his problems are that he's never really adjusted to the fact that MS no longer has the ability to dictate to the market that it had in 1998; and he seems to have no idea how to shed the bully image MS developed under Gates.

That and he doesn't have the knowledge to understand and arbitrate technical issues, as Gates could; that is to say, he really doesn't understand what he's selling (no conflict with the above; one can be passionate about what one does not understand).
IT-security-gladiator
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8/26/2013 | 5:29:45 PM
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Everyone I know that uses it thinks its fine?

So you know 1 person?

I live in Asia where there are billions of people and I come into
contact with hundreds every week.

So far I have not even seen one MicroKlunk 8 anything:

That list includes:

Desktop 8's
laptop 8's
Reboot-A-Phone 8's
Shablet 8's

Nice try Shill.

Hey I have a question for you:
Now that Balmer is gone who is going to sign your Troll checks from Redmond?
Somedude8
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8/26/2013 | 5:11:56 PM
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"Windows 8, a product that is destined to go down as one of the most colossal missteps in computing history."
Huh? Everyone I know that uses it thinks its fine.
MFeibus
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8/26/2013 | 5:00:09 PM
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Exactly, Terry. There's a lot of good to say about Ballmer. In my book, he'll always be one of the industry's great pitch men. And when it comes to rallying the troops, I've no doubt he'd be as effective in a locker room as he is in a conference ballroom.

There are plenty of good coaches in football that get the boot because the team is going in a bad direction. And like you said, the buck stops at the top.
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