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David F. Carr
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David F. Carr,
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8/26/2013 | 1:46:08 PM
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Will no one step forward to say a good word for Ballmer? He must have done something right, somewhere along the line ... right?
VFanRJ
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8/26/2013 | 4:38:44 PM
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One? There 16B+ George Washingtons that confirm that Steve is one of the best executives around. You don't build that kind of a following being a slouch.
TerryB
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8/26/2013 | 4:45:19 PM
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My wife's cousin's husband has worked for MS for many years in the Dallas area, dating back to when Bill was still around. It remains a good company to work for, they treat their people well.
Ballmer was never a technologist, he was always a business guy. If Gates didn't have Ballmer when MS began it's meteoric growth, unlikely they would be the company they are today. Someone had to be the "bad guy", the one that focused on the financial side of the business, and he filled that role well.
Don't forget, Gates is still on board of directors, if he had strong reservations about Win 8 path it would not exist in the form it is. But buck stops at top, so it becomes Ballmer's failed vision when he was never the vision guy in first place.
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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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.
IT-security-gladiator
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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?
jries921
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8/26/2013 | 5:39:46 PM
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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).
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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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.
jries921
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8/26/2013 | 5:45:54 PM
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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.
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