Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 22:55 UTC
Microsoft "Steve Ballmer had a dilemma. He had two groups at Microsoft pursuing competing visions for tablet computers. One group, led by Xbox godfather J Allard, was pushing for a sleek, two-screen tablet called the Courier that users controlled with their finger or a pen. But it had a problem: it was running a modified version of Windows. That ran headlong into the vision of tablet computing laid out by Steven Sinofsky, the head of Microsoft's Windows division. Sinofsky was wary of any product - let alone one from inside Microsoft's walls - that threatened the foundation of Microsoft's flagship operating system. But Sinofsky's tablet-friendly version of Windows was more than two years away." I'm still mad at Microsoft for this one.
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Small minded people
by JAlexoid on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 02:41 UTC
JAlexoid
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2009-05-19

(if Sinofsky's involvement is true)It just amazes me how coprorate culture can let a small minded person to become such a high level executive... Microsoft is not the only one like that.
But the corporate world is riddled with corpses of promising, or even revolutionary, projects. Sometimes the shareholders have to be shown the middle finger.

Well, it's no wonder that corporations tend to acquire new technologies from outside, rather than invest in proper ventures.

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RE: Small minded people
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 04:19 in reply to "Small minded people"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

That isn't "corporate culture" that's Microsoft culture. They developed a cloud based alternative to windows years ago which they killed because it competed with office. They do it all the time. Microsoft research does amazing things that are never acted upon because they would disrupt their office/windows profit streams. This is why win mobile sucked. Its purpose was to kill mobile systems. When palm faded, it had no reason to exist. This is why Internet explorer 7 was so much later than 6, they'd killed netscape no more competition. Microsoft creates products to kill competitors ( Hello Zune!).

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RE[2]: Small minded people
by zima on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 14:39 in reply to "RE: Small minded people"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Hm, well there is Wii and Kinect... (which notably, even if the modus operandi you describe is indeed the case, still appears to be a rather good product, "innovation through competition" - so maybe that MS culture doesn't give too bad results, after all? ;) )

Edited 2011-11-02 14:43 UTC

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RE[2]: Small minded people
by JAlexoid on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 10:20 in reply to "RE: Small minded people"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

That isn't "corporate culture" that's Microsoft culture.

I don't know about you, but I've seen the exactly same issue in IBM, Nokia, Accenture, NetApp, Sun, Fujitsu and Siemens.(I just happen to have worked for all of them, directly or as an external consultant)

Edited 2011-11-03 10:21 UTC

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