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The only reason I'd think he should step down is because he does so much other stuff now days, and he has a five year plan to cut ties with the company. I guess I'd want a better reason other than "to get rid of the old guard to get some fresh eyes"

Microsoft is sort of in some bad water right now. They need a big break into the mobile world. Swapping out upper level management isn't going to do anything in that regard. They need changes in middle management and in the development talent they have on staff...you know...the people that actually invent the ideas and implement them. Changing the people who sign off on the budgets aren't what they need. That is my opinion at least and I guess we don't know the inner command structure of Microsoft...I suppose it is possible people sitting on the board of directors will roll up their sleeves and actually do grunt work.
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The only reason I'd think he should step down is because he does so much other stuff now days, and he has a five year plan to cut ties with the company. I guess I'd want a better reason other than "to get rid of the old guard to get some fresh eyes"

Microsoft is sort of in some bad water right now. They need a big break into the mobile world. Swapping out upper level management isn't going to do anything in that regard. They need changes in middle management and in the development talent they have on staff...you know...the people that actually invent the ideas and implement them. Changing the people who sign off on the budgets aren't what they need. That is my opinion at least and I guess we don't know the inner command structure of Microsoft...I suppose it is possible people sitting on the board of directors will roll up their sleeves and actually do grunt work.

buying Nokia is a great way to tackle that mobile market. Maybe not become the next "headlines' type phone maker, but to basically own the entire low-end/mid market. Nokia's sold around 1.3 billion phones, if they had a variant of Windows 8 mobile on it people would already be "tied" to that ecosystem.
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Bill Gates should have those three board members killed for even thinking it.
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buying Nokia is a great way to tackle that mobile market. Maybe not become the next "headlines' type phone maker, but to basically own the entire low-end/mid market. Nokia's sold around 1.3 billion phones, if they had a variant of Windows 8 mobile on it people would already be "tied" to that ecosystem.

Which was a change to middle management and development talent...or rather...they acquired more. And it was done with no change to the top level management.

Though in all actually even this probably came from the middle management. I am sure the MS has few people that do nothing much other than look for mergers and acquisitions. The board of directors had to sign off on it I assume, but the idea was probably pitched to them by an employee.
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