Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2014 22:55 UTC
Microsoft

Nadella, who succeeded Ballmer one month ago, took a step this week by unraveling part of a restructuring his predecessor put in place in one of his last acts as chief executive officer. Nadella appointed onetime Democratic political operative Mark Penn to the just-invented post of strategy chief and shuffled other executives to resolve an unwieldy setup Ballmer had established in the marketing department.

Interesting look at the goings-on surround Ballmer's end.

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Juicy article
by porcel on Thu 6th Mar 2014 23:07 UTC
porcel
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Two quotes from the article:

"Nokia made about 80 percent of handsets using Windows Phone, and the arrangement was set to expire in February 2014. Nokia had been dropping hints it might start making devices to run on Google’s Android platform. Ballmer needed a way to keep Nokia in Microsoft’s world."

And now we know why Microsoft paid so much money for Nokia. Not even Nokia wanted to remain selling a losing proposition such as Windows phone and the only way to make sure that they would do so was to buy the company.

In July, Microsoft reported the biggest earnings miss in at least a decade. Owing to poor sales of Surface, it took an unexpected $900 million charge to write down the value of inventory."

How many companies can afford to simply throw 900 million dollars down the toilet? This is why Microsoft´s monopoly position on desktop computing did so much harm. This unfair monopoly has allowed them to use their deep pockets to put out of business many companies who make better products than they do, but who cannot afford to lose as much money as Microsoft is willing to do in order to enter a new market or corner an existing one.

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