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Ballmer Resigns

Postby Yogi » 23 Aug 2013, 15:57

Steve Ballmer stepped in after Bill Gates left Microsoft. That was 13 years ago. While Microsoft has not lost it's footing as a leader in the industry, the industry is changing rapidly. Micorsoft is desperately trying to cope with the mobile device evolution by changing the company's structure to be a service and device oriented company instead of just a software vendor. Their latest attempt, the Surface, just took a $900 million loss last quarter which many see as a failure on Microsoft's CEO's part to meet the challenges of today's market. Maybe so. In any case Ballmer promises to step down within the next twelve months, which signals a major change in the direction Microsoft will be pursuing going forward.

http://www.theverge.com/2013/8/23/46515 ... rosoft-ceo
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Re: Ballmer Resigns

Postby Paris » 24 Aug 2013, 19:09

I read the whole article, and am wondering how successful the new CEO will be if he/she (will probably be a he) is not from within Microsoft's ranks and is merely plunked down into the midst of that giant company.

As for Microsoft catching up with the mobile device evolution ... ehhhh. I have my doubts. If it is still struggling with that now, it's probably because it's too big to quickly react and change course.
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Re: Ballmer Resigns

Postby Yogi » 25 Aug 2013, 09:43

Corporations, especially large ones such as Microsoft, have a corporate culture that is by and large promoted by it's top management. The Microsoft culture has brought it to where it is today. Say what you will about it's business practices and products, but the company has gone down hill lever since the departure of Bill Gates. Ballmer was one of the founding fathers of Microsoft, but he certainly has not guided the company with the same vision and skill as his predecessor. Part of the reason for Ballmer's failures is that the markets have changed but the company culture has not. That's why I think it would be a mistake to elevate somebody from within Microsoft to the position of CEO.

Microsoft, much to the dismay of big business critics, will not go away any time soon. It's influence on the industry, however, may be dwarfed by companies more in tune with the times. Unless the corporate culture at Microsoft can change drastically, their core competency will remain as developers of computer operating systems. The service and product sectors of the economy for which Microsoft aspires will remain elusive as long as their culture remains fixed.
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