Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 18th Feb 2013 21:18 UTC
Microsoft "Although Bill Gates stepped away from his day-to-day role at Microsoft nearly five years ago, he still keeps a close eye on the company he co-founded - and he isn't always happy with what he sees. During a recent interview broadcast this morning on CBS This Morning, the Microsoft chairman was asked by Charlie Rose whether he was happy with Steve Ballmer's performance as chief executive. Noting that there have been 'many amazing things' accomplished under Ballmer's leadership in the past couple of years, Gates said he was not satisfied with the company's innovations." It's impossible to deny by this point that Microsoft hasn't done well in mobile. It would be more surprising if Gates had denied it.
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Comment by Stephen!
by Stephen! on Tue 19th Feb 2013 00:32 UTC
Stephen!
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2007-11-24

Is Microsoft basically screwed then? If they continue on the current path with Windows 8, they risk more customer dissatisfaction. If they reverse course, it would be an admission of failure.

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by bnolsen on Tue 19th Feb 2013 03:07 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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2006-01-06

MS's marketing can spin the failure part when windows9 or whatever is next comes out.

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RE: Comment by Stephen!
by darknexus on Tue 19th Feb 2013 10:56 in reply to "Comment by Stephen!"
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2008-07-15

Is Microsoft basically screwed then? If they continue on the current path with Windows 8, they risk more customer dissatisfaction. If they reverse course, it would be an admission of failure.

Better to admit failure than to push forward with something that'll drive one's customers away. Admit a failed experiment and move on. They might even get some respect for doing that.

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RE[2]: Comment by Stephen!
by Novan_Leon on Tue 19th Feb 2013 16:22 in reply to "RE: Comment by Stephen!"
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2005-12-07

They essentially do this every other Windows OS release anyways. If I didn't know any better I'd say it was intentional. One OS release that is experimental/groundbreaking/severely flawed, followed by one OS release that refines on the strengths and irons out the wrinkles. Wash, rinse and repeat.

Windows 8 = ME, 2000 Professional, Vista
Windows 9 = 98, XP, Windows 7

Edited 2013-02-19 16:22 UTC

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