Next Microsoft CEO faces big challenges, tough choices

])ragon_\/oid

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Indeed he faces big challenges. He has to try and sell the thing Steve messed up. Already feeling sorry for the new guy, even if he haven't started yet.
 

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])ragon_\/oid;11033135 said:
Indeed he faces big challenges. He has to try and sell the thing Steve messed up. Already feeling sorry for the new guy, even if he haven't started yet.
Talking about the Surface Tablet or Windows 8?
 

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The Ballmer-era is soon to be over. Let's see what plans the next CEO has to make Microsoft a "devices and services" company.
 

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Has anyone actually looked at MS's overall financial position during Ballmers tenure?

He has achieved an annualised growth rate of 16%. Revenues have tripled and profits have doubled. Ballmer has been anything BUT a failure of a CEO, yes he has made some mistakes and big ones.. but overall he has done well for Microsoft.
 

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If there is nothing wrong with Windows 8, then why is Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1 in October?
:erm:

Is this a real question? Maybe because software usually gets updated?

Why did Google Release Android 4.2 - 4.3?

iOS 5 - 7

Mac OS X 10.8 - 10.9?

All of these within a year...
 

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])ragon_\/oid;11033135 said:
Indeed he faces big challenges. He has to try and sell the thing Steve messed up. Already feeling sorry for the new guy, even if he haven't started yet.
Well, for the salary he'll be getting I don't really feel sorry for him at all.
 

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Has anyone actually looked at MS's overall financial position during Ballmers tenure?

He has achieved an annualised growth rate of 16%. Revenues have tripled and profits have doubled. Ballmer has been anything BUT a failure of a CEO, yes he has made some mistakes and big ones.. but overall he has done well for Microsoft.
The share price would disagree:

 

ToxicBunny

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The share price can disagree all it wants...

The annual financial reports show a picture of a CEO who has done well for the company overall.
 

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Scrap the Win code base and start fresh from a FreeBSD core :D
 

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I think MS should stick to what they do well. Making mice. Honestly, that is about the only product on which I look for the MS logo when buying. All others I use because the company IT Nazi's tell me to.
 

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Has anyone actually looked at MS's overall financial position during Ballmers tenure?

He has achieved an annualised growth rate of 16%. Revenues have tripled and profits have doubled. Ballmer has been anything BUT a failure of a CEO, yes he has made some mistakes and big ones.. but overall he has done well for Microsoft.
This.
 

Maverick Jester

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Why did Google Release Android 4.2 - 4.3?

iOS 5 - 7

Mac OS X 10.8 - 10.9?

All of these within a year...
Because, fundamentally, there were things wrong with them- whether they be related to functionality, features, or lacking technology, there was something wrong with each of them to warrant an update.
 

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Probably the Surface. Nothing wrong with Windows 8.
Then why has Windows 8 been pretty disastrous in terms of uptake? Say whatever you want, MS did their best to push WinRT onto people and that antagonised a lot of people. They tried to leverage one monopoly to get into the tablet market and it backfired on their monopoly. Their WinRT tablets have been a complete non starter. Shareholders look for present revenue but also future revenue and MS is not looking good on the second front. There is very little reason for Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 8, despite what the Windows 8 advocates here want us to believe. From a value add perspective, it adds very little and takes away a lot (for the average user) by forcing them to use WinRT. Most of the upgrades we have done have not been very well received. Even with the third party stuff to put back the start menu.
 

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Because, fundamentally, there were things wrong with them- whether they be related to functionality, features, or lacking technology, there was something wrong with each of them to warrant an update.
Yes, and water is wet and the sky is blue.

Every bit of software gets updated.
 
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Then why has Windows 8 been pretty disastrous in terms of uptake?
A poor uptake just means Win7 must still be perfectly fine for most... That does not mean Win8 is a disaster. There is nothing wrong with the OS.
 

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Poor uptake of Windows 8?

Most reports I can find put it at 5% of the market already... thats not too shabby for an OS that is only a year old.
 
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