Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 13:16 UTC
Microsoft "In a large staff memo, Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer details how the company is aiming for a 'One Microsoft', by altering its organization around the 'devices and services' vision. Terry Myerson will lead a new operating systems engineering group that will span across console, mobile device, and PC. Myerson used to lead the Windows Phone group at Microsoft. Julie Larson-Green takes over a new devices and studios engineering group."
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I guess I already seen this somewhere
by moondevil on Thu 11th Jul 2013 13:18 UTC
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2005-07-08

Hello IBM?

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slashdev Member since:
2006-05-14

I am not sure how similar the parallels are, but IBM shed a quite robust hardware manufacturing business(laptops, pcs, even , hard drives), and they did not have a wildly popular suite of desktop and server software packages.

Microsoft is not shedding hardware (Xbox One and beyond), and with the rumors of MS considering a nokia purchase (maybe they'll purchase HTC instead?), looks like MS wants to build even more in the future.

Edited 2013-07-11 13:38 UTC

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Stephen Elop shot down rumors of a Nokia purchase by Microsoft, even just the D&S division.

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Promoting the unsuccessful
by Invincible Cow on Thu 11th Jul 2013 13:34 UTC
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2006-06-24

Because the phone division didn't deliver they disbanded it and made its leader the leader of everything? Great thinking.

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Going the wrong direction?
by slashdev on Thu 11th Jul 2013 13:45 UTC
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2006-05-14

I think microsoft might be missing some of the lessons currently being learned in business. Instead of having a restructuring where you consolidate power, you should look to create an environment of experimentation and constructive failure. The market moves way too fast for a monolithic management structure to adapt (ie RIM/Blackberry, HP, IBM, Xerox, etc).

Now they still can do this, even with consolidated power, but it could be a rough ride.

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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 11th Jul 2013 15:26 UTC
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2005-11-10

Where does that place the Mac BU?

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by tanzam75 on Fri 12th Jul 2013 17:12 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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2011-05-19

Where does that place the Mac BU?


Why wouldn't it still be in the Office division?

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Nelson on Fri 12th Jul 2013 19:57 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

It still is in the Office division.

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To be expected..
by reduz on Thu 11th Jul 2013 19:31 UTC
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2006-02-25

Microsoft is a company that always needed a lot of time and iterations to get products to a mature status, and they always develop all their technology and platforms in-house.

Their competition has grown accustomed to using open platforms and technologies and share a large part of their development efforts with other companies or the community.

Microsoft just can't catch up using their obsolete model of doing everything in-house, not only they are more expensive, but also it pisses off the developer community each time they abandon a technology they introduced a few years ago promising it as the future.

They simply don't have enough resources to develop everything in-house anymore, it's obvious when you see IE11, Windows 8 or WP8, which are full of neat ideas but feel crippled and buggy compared to the competition.

It's not enough with restructuring, they need a change of management that accepts they can't compete anymore against open technologies.

Edited 2013-07-11 19:32 UTC

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decimation and disbandedment
by tomz on Fri 12th Jul 2013 02:34 UTC
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2010-05-06

Are they keeping the same silly zap one of five review process? The blackberries can run Android apps with minimal changes. A great echochamber does not make a great ecosystem

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