Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Dec 2013 22:10 UTC

The Microsoft CEO succession process appears to be stalled. This is a company with immense human, technical, and financial resources; the tech industry is filled with intelligent, energetic, dedicated candidates. What's wrong with the matchmaking process?

The gist: Microsoft needs someone strong enough to stand up to the old guard still looking over everyone's shoulder (Gates and Ballmer) - and essentially dismiss them - since the company needs to look to the future, not the past.

Good luck with that.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Mon 9th Dec 2013 15:03 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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What would you suggest?

A lot of people/companies kept using old Office versions. When they finally bought a new one they skipped a couple. With O365 they get the latest version and Microsoft makes more money.

So in my view the subscription move has been an improvement for Microsoft and for the user who doesn't have to contemplate wether to upgrade to a new version or not.

The Linux/Open Source way has been to give away stuff for free and ask money for either installing products or support. If Microsoft gave Office away for free, how many people would turn to them for support? Probably a number, but they'd make far less money than they are doing now.

One thing Microsoft should improve is getting rid of all these different versions, because they can lead to serious brain damage trying to figure them out.

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