Linked by David Adams on Fri 13th May 2011 04:54 UTC
Microsoft In business school the first thing they teach you about CEOs is: it is the CEO’s job to increase the shareholder value of the company. Since taking the position Ballmer has decreased shareholder value, as reflected by stock price, by -56.63%. That. Is. Not. Good . . . Microsoft should be searching for a new CEO right now.
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the tortoise and the hare
by unclefester on Fri 13th May 2011 06:59 UTC
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This is just another nobody lecturing self-made billionaires on how to run their companies.

Sure MS could create a Skype clone - but it would take years and wouldn't have any brand recognition.

I would place my money on MS surviving another 20 years over Apple any day. Jobs has always bet the farm on a few products. MS sticks to low risk diversity at the expense of growth.

What happens to Apple's share price in 2-3 years years when unlocked $50 WP7 smartphones and $100 Android tablets are sold in supermarkets? How long before every second company has an online app and music store? I guess even Ebay and Facebook will have one soon.

Will people still buy expensive Macs when they can do much faster media editing on cheap server farms or via a cloud-based service?

The success of Apple has always been due to cult marketing hype by sycophants in the media. Mundane products that have been around for years suddenly become absolutely amazing once they have the Apple brand applied. Star Trek had tablet computers way back in the 1960s FFS.

Apple blatantly copied the designs of 1960s German toasters to become the style leader. Online music stores and MP3 players were around long before Apple got into the business.

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