Linked by David Adams on Fri 13th May 2011 04:54 UTC
Microsoft In business school the first thing they teach you about CEOs is: it is the CEO’s job to increase the shareholder value of the company. Since taking the position Ballmer has decreased shareholder value, as reflected by stock price, by -56.63%. That. Is. Not. Good . . . Microsoft should be searching for a new CEO right now.
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RE[5]: That article...
by _xmv on Fri 13th May 2011 10:24 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: That article..."
_xmv
Member since:
2008-12-09

not quite. Windows IS a successful product.
Symbian, not quite.

You need Windows. That's the difference. They're not going anywhere.

The XBOX market is also pretty damn good, by the way.

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RE[6]: That article...
by oiaohm on Fri 13th May 2011 10:32 in reply to "RE[5]: That article..."
oiaohm Member since:
2009-05-30

not quite. Windows IS a successful product.
Symbian, not quite.

You need Windows. That's the difference. They're not going anywhere.

The XBOX market is also pretty damn good, by the way.


Bad news more and more businesses are finding about 80 percent of there desktop space does not Need Windows or MS Office. Symbian most likely be gone in a few years.

Windows Phone OS's most likely will be gone as well.

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RE[7]: That article...
by No it isnt on Fri 13th May 2011 10:41 in reply to "RE[6]: That article..."
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

While it's true that many people don't need Windows (they never did, but they still used it), your comment looks more like wishful thinking than anything else.

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by gilboa on Fri 13th May 2011 11:48 in reply to "RE[6]: That article..."
gilboa Member since:
2005-07-06

You need Windows. That's the difference. They're not going anywhere.


I too believe that MS is far from dead.
However, as I others pointed out, I do -not- need Windows, nor do my employer.

The only reason I -use- Windows (VM's) is to port my software to Windows (but even this is slowly being replaced by a combination of mingw and wine - both neatly packaged by Fedora)

- Gilboa

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by daedliusswartz on Fri 13th May 2011 23:53 in reply to "RE[6]: That article..."
daedliusswartz Member since:
2007-05-28

People don't need Windows, Linux, MacOS, Symbian, etc etc.

People do want something though and it's Windows hand over, time and time again.

Don't worry though, 2012 will be the Year of the Linux Desktop.

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RE[6]: That article...
by Laurence on Fri 13th May 2011 11:25 in reply to "RE[5]: That article..."
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

not quite. Windows IS a successful product.
Symbian, not quite.

You need Windows. That's the difference. They're not going anywhere.

Speak for yourself; I've not needed windows for a number of years now. And I'm certainly not alone.

People need an OS. That OS doesn't always need to be Windows.

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RE[7]: That article...
by twitterfire on Fri 13th May 2011 15:19 in reply to "RE[6]: That article..."
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11


People need an OS. That OS doesn't always need to be Windows.


People doesn't need an OS. People need software for various tasks, from leisure and entertaining to make a living.

Last time I've checked, all important software ran on Windows, not on Linux or Mac Os X.

I was in the "hurd" of MS haters for several years myself. Actually I still think that Os X and Linux are better in some ways compared to Windows Xp, but now its 2011 and we have Windows 7 and I find it to be much better.

Also, the software I use for living (MS Visual Studio) doesn't run on Os X or Linux. Neither does the software I code. Yes, you can make a living as a programmer if you code for Os X or Linux, but how many jobs are there? Besides, I grow to enjoy technologies like .NET and WPF which makes a pleasure coding anything from desktop apps and phone apps to websites. To add on top of that, .NET programmers tend to be payed better.

The software I use in my free time, mainly Photoshop, Lotro and Rift, do not run on other oses, either. And I have yet to find a software running on other oses and making a better job than its main windows competitor.

I was an Os enthusiast, I've tried tons of other oses, and ran some for years (Linux, Os X), but now I don't see any benefit from running another OS.

Of course, if you use a computer just for web, mail, facebook, skype and twitter, you can use Os. If you need / want stuff to be done, you have to use Windows.

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RE[7]: That article...
by somebody on Sat 14th May 2011 23:45 in reply to "RE[6]: That article..."
somebody Member since:
2005-07-07

"not quite. Windows IS a successful product.
Symbian, not quite.

You need Windows. That's the difference. They're not going anywhere.

Speak for yourself; I've not needed windows for a number of years now. And I'm certainly not alone.

People need an OS. That OS doesn't always need to be Windows.
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i so wish that you and your thinking would be "people". but parent was right. me and you liking alternative does not constitute as everyone.

windows is still product that is needed by many and i don't see MS tanking unless they simply can't figure out that ONLY all their newer businesses tank. but if they do figure that out, you can simply expect them as lean and mean machine again focused on their strength.

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by ricegf on Fri 13th May 2011 14:37 in reply to "RE[5]: That article..."
ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

You need Windows.


For what do I need Windows again? You'll have to remind me - it's been such a long and happy time since...

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by jscipione on Fri 13th May 2011 20:16 in reply to "RE[6]: That article..."
jscipione Member since:
2009-08-22

Perhaps you do not need Windows, but many people do need Windows whether you do or not. People need Windows because Windows runs X, where X is a program that the person needs to run. Often X is Office, which runs on Windows and Mac, but works best on Windows. X might be a game like Starcraft 2 or whatever the cool kids are playing now. In any case there is enough applications out there that run on Windows or run best on Windows to keep the franchise alive for a long long time. So Microsoft will not die any time soon. But because of the Web and Google and Linux and Mac OS X and iPhone people need Windows less than they used to. That is why Microsoft is not doing as well financially as they were 5 years ago.

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by eMPee584 on Mon 16th May 2011 02:16 in reply to "RE[6]: That article..."
eMPee584 Member since:
2007-01-29

- it's been such a long and happy time since...

O0oh YEAH! it is a good feeling to actually OWN the computer you assembled, without some freak colored toy OS telling you that it is not possible to rename YOUR video file while playing it. Duh.

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