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Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
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Alex Kane Rudansky
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8/27/2013 | 6:35:44 PM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
Ballmer is no Steve Jobs, as the article states, or even Bill Gates, for that matter. His departure is sure to affect the internal workings of the company in some ways, but this is not a significant game changer in any way in terms of how it will affect Microsoft product maintenance, development, etc.
Faye Kane, homeless brain
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8/30/2013 | 1:01:17 AM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
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It dam well BETTER affect product maintenance, development, etc! The fact that he screwed those up too (they do a crappy job of maintenance and the direction of development was all Ballmer's fault) is why we've been clamoring for him to leave.

--faye kane
cbabcock
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8/28/2013 | 1:12:38 AM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
Under a new CEO, Microsoft could play better with open source, broaden what it's willing to integrate with in the cloud and consolidate a permanent place for itself in the business data center. This would leave it a stronger, if also a gentler, giant. Or it could strive to become the leader of consumer computing all over again.
RobPreston
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8/28/2013 | 1:48:11 PM
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One scenario I'd at least have some concern about: If the new CEO takes the company in a new direction, focusing investment on, say, consumer-oriented technologies while neglecting certain enterprise products.
David F. Carr
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8/28/2013 | 1:49:42 PM
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I guess what you don't want is Microsoft acting like a desperate, cornered animal, lashing out in all directions.
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/28/2013 | 6:51:17 PM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
Based on Microsoft's recent track record with consumers, that would not be a wise move for Ballmer's successor. Especially if a ramped up consumer focus comes at the expense of the company's enterprise cash cows. But yes, an over-eager successor fixating on consumers is a concern for enterprise IT leaders that lean heavily on MS business products. It's hard to think of a more difficult job to walk into than MS CEO. I see parallels with Barack Obama taking over the presidency in 2008. Obviously not THAT difficult, but very difficult.
Palpatine
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8/28/2013 | 2:16:52 PM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
I'll say a bit more: Ballmer WAS on my worry list.
Now he departed he is no longer on my worry list.
jries921
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8/28/2013 | 5:40:33 PM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
He's not gone yet. If I'm reading the reports correctly, he may be on the job for another year.
Michael Endler
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8/28/2013 | 6:16:40 PM
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Indeed. I think the final months of Ballmer's leadership could determine whether the next CEO continues to pursue consumers. But this passage from the story struck me as very wise: "Worst-case scenario, Microsoft will muddle along,
churning through a couple of CEOs (much as HP did) while watching its
stock price dive. But even under that scenario, it still would invest in
and ship key products and provide support." Whether Microsoft keeps chasing consumers or not, the company's not facing armageddon yet, and neither are most customers who use its products.
Palpatine
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8/29/2013 | 4:54:42 AM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
No armageddon yet?

Ms total assets 142B$, apple 176, google 94.
Just look what the picture looked like a decade ago!
Ms total assets 67, apple 6, google 0,2: one or two orders of magnitude of growth loss by Ballmer.

Armageddon come and gone, now ms is no longer leader in access to web/cloud/advertising, Google Android is.
Efforts to kill the desktop by Ballmer himself (it is legacy, i'll bet the company on 8, metro is here to stay... and so on) are negatively effecting ONLY ms, to the point windows is the only mayor os not growing in those years.
it market is growing exponentially, but not for ms, that now is already smaller or comparable to opponentes it totally dwarfed a decade ago.
Under ballmer ms refused to grow in mobile and embedded markets, and now this madness comes painfully evident, but it is a trend started one decade ago.
jfeldman
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8/29/2013 | 11:36:45 PM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
The problem began when Gates was still at the helm.
DDURBIN1
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8/28/2013 | 7:59:08 PM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
From an innovation perspective Microsoft will be a lot like Oracle has become. Others will innovate in the market. Microsoft will loose business to the innovators. Since Microsoft can't beat them Microsoft will buy them just as Oracle has. Big money always seems to win in the end no matter how poorly they are run or how terrible they treat their customers.
Thomas Claburn
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8/29/2013 | 2:46:53 AM
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I'm not sure BlackBerry, Dell, HP or Kodak would agree with that assessment.
Michael Endler
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8/29/2013 | 7:09:21 PM
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Maybe, but only if they buy the right companies. HP spent a fortune on Autonomy and is still a mess. And several years ago, Microsoft was prepared to plunk down what would have been a preposterous chunk of its assets for Yahoo. Dell's multi-billion dollar spending spree still hasn't offset the damage its PC business has sustained. Microsoft has the money to buy almost anything it wants-- but will its leaders have the vision to make the correct calls? And that's not even getting into the influence activist investors could have over future acquisitions.
RobPreston
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8/30/2013 | 12:58:50 PM
re: Why Ballmer's Departure Isn't On My Worry List
Like IBM when it brought Gerstner in, Microsoft under its new leadership is going to have to make some choices. It can't dominate every market. Perhaps it can't dominate any of them anymore. Some markets aren't worth the attempt at domination. IBM got out of the PC and low-end server businesses and decided it wouldn't focus on enterprise applications. Where will Microsoft refine its focus?


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