Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:12 UTC

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

This was long overdue. Microsoft needs fresh blood at the top - not a salesman, but a visionary.

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RE[10]: Comment by shmerl
by skpg on Wed 28th Aug 2013 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by shmerl"
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A for-profit corporation doing something in their own favor?!?!?!? No shit, welcome to remedial economics. Of course, what you and the other anti-commerce ideologues fail to grasp is that individual businesses are not isolated islands - and that good fortune for one business can lead to good fortune for other business, as with the case of Microsoft and the various PC OEMs. Shocking, I know.

You don't get it. Microsoft's monopoly is a combination of the network effect and the intellectual property laws (copyright/patents/trade secrets).

Microsoft can standardize the desktop market because A) having the most widely used OS garners most of the supports as you can see today. And B) The intellectual property laws allows them to standardize the desktop market while ignoring open standards and making sure their software is incompatible with the competition. You've seen it, MS makes it difficult to inter-operate with their closed file formats and network protocols, MS dismisses and tries to destroy open standard APIs such as OpenGL, ignoring web standards such as what they did with IE6. Microsoft most likely learned how to abuse the market and IP laws probably from IBM. Also Apple played a part in helping Microsoft's monopoly when they sued everyone back in the 1980s for copying the look and feel of their GUI (the Apple Lissa).

It was very important for Microsoft to get those licensing deals with the PC makers and to make sure their OS is the most widely used in the world, that's why I made a big deal about. But once they did MS was able to lock the consumer to using their OS thanks. After 30 years MS is still a monopoly, some things never change.

To put is shortly Microsoft is a monopoly because of copyright and how Microsoft abuses the copyright to standardize the desktop market in their favor. This article will help you understand.

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