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Old 20th Aug 2014, 11:52   #1
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Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Former CEO retains shares, though.
http://www.bit-tech.net/news/bits/20...r-steps-down/1
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Old 20th Aug 2014, 11:59   #2
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Les Grossman personified, I'm gonna miss him.

Although I'm willing to bet it was not a pleasant experience to work for him so perhaps I shouldn't joke about it.
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Since Ballmer became CEO, I can't say the company was doing all that great. I'm not sure if he was directly involved in everything that flopped but regardless, I'm not sure he's the best choice for Nadella to come to when in search of answers.
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You say that schmidtbag, but some people would say that during his tenure he tripled Microsoft's net income and revenue, so from a financial stand point he was a success.
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You say that schmidtbag, but some people would say that during his tenure he tripled Microsoft's net income and revenue, so from a financial stand point he was a success.
But could it have done better? This Vanity Fair piece, Microsoft's Lost Decade, is an eye-opening account of how Microsoft changed under Ballmer's leadership.
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That's the golden question isn't it, could it have done better ? Possibly, probably, yes, no.
This maybe a time to ask parallel universe Gareth how Microsoft is doing on the other side, or has he been trapped in amber
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<topic="off">Considering how terrible the science-babble Dr. Bishop comes out with really is, I'm thoroughly enjoying Fringe! Nearly through the second series, I think.</topic>
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But could it have done better? This Vanity Fair piece, Microsoft's Lost Decade, is an eye-opening account of how Microsoft changed under Ballmer's leadership.
What's worse is that I suspect Nadella may be another leader chosen in the old mold. He writes memos as long as Ballmer; that's a bad sign.
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But could it have done better? This Vanity Fair piece, Microsoft's Lost Decade, is an eye-opening account of how Microsoft changed under Ballmer's leadership.
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But, strangely, Ballmer may be invaluable for the company’s future. Because the time may be coming when the sprawling Microsoft empire will have to be busted up, like any other company that has spread itself too thin into too many product lines. And a deal-maker like Ballmer is just the type to lead that kind of massive corporate reorganization.
And recently it has been announced that Microsoft would be cutting thousands of jobs, did Ballmer get the idea for the massive shedding of weight from Vanity Fair?
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