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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I'd say this is what happens to all large tech comapies, especially if they are enterprise-oriented.

They start out by making innovative, new, "disruptive" products. Then they grow. Being bigger = being more bureaucratic and = taking less risks. Why risk to company if you are successful? So growth leads to "milking the cows". Also, their new corporate customers are also, by definition, risk averse.

So the formerly innovative IT-company gets big and risk averse, and has clients who are big and risk averse. And that means there is room for a new "disrupter". And so the wheel spins.....

I also think that Open Source software is almost allways more on the forefront of innovation, because there are no companies behind it who try to lock-in customers. Instead, this innovation is tech driven and not profit driven.

Edited 2013-02-19 15:54 UTC

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