Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 21:18 UTC
Microsoft "Although Bill Gates stepped away from his day-to-day role at Microsoft nearly five years ago, he still keeps a close eye on the company he co-founded - and he isn't always happy with what he sees. During a recent interview broadcast this morning on CBS This Morning, the Microsoft chairman was asked by Charlie Rose whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer's performance as chief executive. Noting that there have been 'many amazing things' accomplished under Ballmer's leadership in the past couple of years, Gates said he was not satisfied with the company's innovations." It's impossible to deny by this point that Microsoft hasn't done well in mobile. It would be more surprising if Gates had denied it.
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RE: Comment by Nelson
by M.Onty on Tue 19th Feb 2013 13:01 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
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Commercial success is a lagging indicator, believe it or not, but no doubt I'm sure that a lot of people who reply to this comment will try to use it to prove Microsoft is headed in the wrong direction.

Using commercial success as the yard stick to measure the soundness of a commercial company's strategy is not entirely unreasonable.

Microsoft is a company very much in transition. It isn't a simple effort to do such a management and cultural change inside of a company of that scale. There won't always be messaging consistency and sometimes things will seem disjointed, but over time, the story for Microsoft is becoming a lot clearer.


My point in all of this is that Microsoft isn't exactly stagnant, or fading into irrelevancy. Its just managing a mid-life crisis reasonably well. Transitions take time


Microsoft is a company with iffy execution, but loads of cash, and very fat cash cows. They are in print money mode for the next decade. To count them out is shortsighted and ignorant of history.

I think you're right about not writing them off yet. They could just buy their way back into the game if all else fails. As to the success of their recent 'innovations' as a way back to the top of the pile, I think it requires a degree of faith that goes beyond cold analysis to hold the view you expressed above.

Here's my view: I have no affection for Microsoft, or any of their products, which I don't use any more. But perhaps the best thing that could happen in the computer industry in the next decade would be for Microsoft to get richer and richer and richer, either by their cash cows, by innovations, or by good fortune. The richer they get, the richer Gates gets, and almost all of that goes to the eradication of deadly diseases in the real world.

I think eradicating polio, which will pave the way for the eradication of TB, even AIDS, would put all the ups and downs of MS/Google/Apple, Win/OSX/Linux, iOS/Android/BB/Win into the shade of relative irrelevance.

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