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Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
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1/28/2014 | 10:12:09 PM
Re: I can help
Indeed, Gary, not only have Apple and Microsoft been largely able to peaceably co-exist, but Google is a far bigger threat to MSFT than Apple ever was.
Joe Stanganelli
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1/28/2014 | 10:11:14 PM
Re: Gates' Legacy
Except that's not his passion.  Gates is all about his Foundation's work now -- not fixing operating systems for whiny techies and fanboys.

Jobs made his billions and did what he was passionate about.  Gates made his millions and is doing what he is passionate about.  The two men are very different from each other and neither should be held to the others' standard.
TerryB
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1/27/2014 | 12:30:39 PM
Re: Gates' Legacy
And what exactly is in that for Microsoft? Isn't that just a data traffic issue, as far as profiting from it?

Now, if Microsoft has something like CE used to be, where the refridgerator manufacturer has to license that so they can run their local client application which communicates, then that could be huge for MS. But there is no money in free o/s for MS or anyone else. Only the carriers, people who charge to move the traffic, are guaranteed any income out of this. Or maybe if someone writes some killer middleware app that everyone standardizes on. But that remains to be seen, right now each individual solution is unique to the business that implements it.
gasdetectors
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1/27/2014 | 10:07:18 AM
Re: Gates' Legacy
I think Bill needs to 'do a jobs' and come back to the businesss with renewed viggour and a clearer strategy for the company. 'the internet of things' is going to be the next frontier and if microsoft dont produce a free os to compete with android theyre going to completely miss out.
clippingpathspecialist
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1/27/2014 | 5:12:11 AM
Re: I found a best site
Which kind of work your mother do with Microsoft?
Gary_EL
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1/25/2014 | 10:23:29 PM
Re: I can help
As I remember, when Microsoft decided it needed to "compete" against Apple, the pundits of the day opined that this supposed rivalry was only hyped up to prevent the government from instituting an anti-trust suit against Microsoft.
Gary_EL
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1/25/2014 | 10:16:56 PM
Re: Get outta the way Ballmer
I don't believe that Bill Gates was ever really not a "part-timer" and a whole lot more at Microsoft. His presence has always been felt, and will always be, and anyone who wants to be CEO must be willing to live with that. And, is that a bad thing? Just because Apple has to carry on without its founding genius, there is no reason that Microsoft has to.
SteveG950
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1/24/2014 | 6:20:18 PM
Why does everyone think that will help
Microsoft needs some new thinking not more of the old.  Micosoft did not have a record of innovation under Gates, only a  record of corporate growth when the PC was king. The game has changed. Microsoft is no Apple and the problems run deep. Microsoft is going to bury itself with the "One Experience for All Slogan" Their answer to rejection of the concept is to spend more money on advertising. They need a new management style,  someone who thinks out of the Microsoft box and is who not invested in the Microsoft ego.  Bill, do yourself a favor and stay with your  current occupation of decreasing world hunger in the face of exponential population growth.
Susan Fourtané
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1/24/2014 | 10:09:06 AM
It makes sense
I believe it's great if Bill Gates wants to dedicate the rest of his life to philantropy. Yet, I think it would be nice if, even if part-time, he helps MS out. Some people simply belong to certain company so is the case of Bill Gates and MS. 

On the other hand, I would not like to see Stephen Elop as Microsoft's next CEO. A traitor is always a traitor and he betrayed Nokia badly. 

-Susan 
Whoopty
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1/24/2014 | 9:48:05 AM
Re: Nothing new
Yea it's got to be difficult stepping into a role like that with the pair of them casting such long shadows. That's why it was exciting that the executives from Ford and Ericsson were being considered, since they'd bring their own experience and confidence, but now that's looking less likely. 
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