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If I was Bill Gates I would not be interested in returning. Then again, I am not Bill Gates.

I doubt he ever would, but he's the man for the job.
 
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Finally, I guess there are people with common sense after all.

Everyone on OCN seems to hate on him. He would not have been CEO for more than a quarter if he wasn't doing a good job. People only care about share prices apparently...


Not saying everything went smooth as butter under his leadership but I highly doubt it was ALL his fault.


Good luck to MS on finding the next CEO. That's a big shoe to fill.
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Here's my thoughts-

-I think anyone could have been CEO of Microsoft during the Ballmer 'era' and achieved similar results.
-What has he done lately? When I look at MS's recent products like Win8, Surface RT, Windows Phone, and Xbox One- I see a pattern of failure to maximize potential.
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post #24 of 30
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Finally, I guess there are people with common sense after all.

Everyone on OCN seems to hate on him. He would not have been CEO for more than a quarter if he wasn't doing a good job. People only care about share prices apparently...


Not saying everything went smooth as butter under his leadership but I highly doubt it was ALL his fault.


Good luck to MS on finding the next CEO. That's a big shoe to fill.

yeah so smooth that they missed the mobile revolution and failed to expand into any new markets. i guess unchanging=more smooth, in a way
post #25 of 30
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If Balmer was so successful he wouldn't be forced out of that position. He has no future vision, which was exemplified when he laughed at the iPhone. The positive spin of "retirement" is a joke.

You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Ballmer was in no way forced out of his position. He has been CEO of Microsoft for ~13 years. Pretty long time to be a CEO of a large enterprise like Microsoft.

Also Bill Gates is still Chairman of the board, there is no way while Bill Gates is part of the board that Ballmer would be fired/forced from his position.
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post #26 of 30
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You clearly have no idea what you are talking about. Ballmer was in no way forced out of his position. He has been CEO of Microsoft for ~13 years. Pretty long time to be a CEO of a large enterprise like Microsoft.

Also Bill Gates is still Chairman of the board, there is no way while Bill Gates is part of the board that Ballmer would be fired/forced from his position.
even gates knew he had to go
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Not saying everything went smooth as butter under his leadership but I highly doubt it was ALL his fault.


Good luck to MS on finding the next CEO. That's a big shoe to fill.

As CEO he gets the responsibility. All there is to it.
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post #28 of 30
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Finally, I guess there are people with common sense after all.

Everyone on OCN seems to hate on him. He would not have been CEO for more than a quarter if he wasn't doing a good job. People only care about share prices apparently...


Not saying everything went smooth as butter under his leadership but I highly doubt it was ALL his fault.


Good luck to MS on finding the next CEO. That's a big shoe to fill.

Balmer does get a lot of hate here, but I think one of the biggest reasons is that he forced out most of the best MS high-ups. Now, it's left the company in the delemna of finding a CEO, when most of their best prospects were forced out, many working for the competition.
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post #29 of 30
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Here's my thoughts-

-I think anyone could have been CEO of Microsoft during the Ballmer 'era' and achieved similar results.
-What has he done lately? When I look at MS's recent products like Win8, Surface RT, Windows Phone, and Xbox One- I see a pattern of failure to maximize potential.

Frankly, I think killing the Zune franchise was the single, biggest mistake ever. Just like the iPhone was built on the iPod fad, the Windows Phone had so much potential if the Zune was supported all the way... Honestly? While Zune did not have the market penetration MS was hoping for... It's a bloody fantastic success if we compare every MS launch since then.
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Balmer does get a lot of hate here, but I think one of the biggest reasons is that he forced out most of the best MS high-ups. Now, it's left the company in the delemna of finding a CEO, when most of their best prospects were forced out, many working for the competition.

Aye, replacing experienced professionals and true specialists of their trade is just a bad decision. Akin to what Stalin did during the Red Army purges. Fresh talent is good, but it needs to be slowly chiseled into a diamond by rising through the corporate chain. Can never unproven men with great responsibilities.
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post #30 of 30
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Is that a joke?.... They also let the media demonize Windows 8, gave almost draconian requirements and controls in their new OS, and has failed to connect with the Consumer. At all. If anything, Microsoft has gone backwards. They have consolidated their market sure, but they also gave a lot of market share to the ever aggressive Apple and open-source Linux. They stained relations with Steam, who is NOT their competitor and would make a terrific partner, they've completely butchered Windows 8 strategy....... And who was at the helm? Balmer.

Microsoft has become the best Linux sales team in the IT world. The more they alienate their customers, the more those customers start looking at alternatives. Steam is now platform agnostic, and soon may very well lead the charge in an industry wide switch to OpenGL/CL UNLESS Microsoft decides to open directX to other plaforms, and either way they've lost. The only thing keeping Windows dominant on the consumer side is games, and once those are natively cross-platform Winblows will become just another OS struggling for a slice of market-share alongside an increasingly irrelevant Apple and about a thousand Linux distros(with only three or four notable ones).

I don't care f their new CEO actually IS a sorceror with real magical powers, that person won't have the ability to stop all of that. Oddly enough, the world that Microsoft built is slowly but surely shedding Microsoft.
Edited by Jarhead - 8/24/13 at 10:57pm
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