Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 16:39 UTC
Microsoft With the end of the year in sight, the great list-making time has come upon us. Newsweek makes ten predictions for 2010, and at number 9, they predict the end of the road for Steve Ballmer at Microsoft. I never really thought about it that much, but if you line up Microsoft's failures over the past years, it's actually a miracle his head hasn't rolled yet.
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Lack of understanding the true money
by Karitku on Tue 22nd Dec 2009 20:17 UTC
Karitku
Member since:
2006-01-12

You forget probaply one of the biggest growing business that Ballmer era has really rised and will keep rising, Sharepoint. Sharepoint was pretty lousy and unfocused product before 2007 version that hit the bank. This story will likely keep growing since 2010 doesn't have true competition (sure there is parts which are competing but no true platform gets near) and been highly anticipated in business. Microsoft has done very good job in terms of platforms. Silverlight been success as whole .NET, Visual Studio and TFS are de facto tools in any bigger development company. Servers have bloomed several well received stuff like PowerShell, SCMM, Hyper-V and Sharepoint.

Also you and article seem to be way too focused on publicity stuff. Keep mind that Microsoft is still VERY VERY profitable company rare in times of regression. Microsoft biggest problem is that it's focused on so many areas and it's mostly playing safe because it can. Compare to Apple, company that was basicly broke, before taking leap of faith and going music business by introducing iTunes and iPod. Microsoft won't have that kind a need for long time and it really shows how some products are introduced. Steve Ballmer isn't gambler and why should he be, Microsoft is doing just fine and isn't going nowhere in years. It's not hip or hop but it keeps conservative investors happy.

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TemporalBeing Member since:
2007-08-22

Sharepoint was, is, and will always be a complete disaster. Same with LiveLink and the numerous other attempts at the same kind of thing. Web-interface file and document systems are just complete trash.

WebDAV mounted drives are better, but still not the best solution. They do make RCS systems a little easier to use for non-tech people (e.g. most managers) while still allowing a better interface.

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cerbie Member since:
2006-01-02

Sharepoint can be marketed as a solution to problems that don't need to exist, and then it creates new work, and new [surface] problems, for which newer versions of MS software, both Sharepoint client and server software, integration software, and software that natively integrates with Sharepoint, can be marketed as reducing or solving.

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