Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:12 UTC
Microsoft

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

This was long overdue. Microsoft needs fresh blood at the top - not a salesman, but a visionary.

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RE[3]: Is it too late?
by Wafflez on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:10 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Is it too late?"
Wafflez
Member since:
2011-06-26

Except that no other solutions offer everything Exchange does. There's tons of companies doing fine with Access or even Excell as their main databases. So? Exchange just plainly has no competition and is quite an awesome thing to have in corporate enviroment.

If any linux zealots might reply to my post saying Ubuntu Server has something to offer - no, it doesn't. Nope. No. Nooooo.

Edited 2013-08-23 17:13 UTC

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RE[4]: Is it too late?
by p13. on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Is it too late?"
p13. Member since:
2005-07-10

Except that no other solutions offer everything Exchange does. There's tons of companies doing fine with Access or even Excell as their main databases. So? Exchange just plainly has no competition and is quite an awesome thing to have in corporate enviroment.

If any linux zealots might reply to my post saying Ubuntu Server has something to offer - no, it doesn't. Nope. No. Nooooo.


Your comment makes no sense ... exchange isn't a "database". It's a messaging platform, as it's name "exchange" implies. Morons that use exchange as a database are the ones that run into trouble. When you have a 20+gb mailbox, it might be due to the fact that you are raping a messaging platform into doing something it was never designed to do. Those people are also the first to cry when something goes wrong.

Exchange uses msjet (now called ESE, or whatever) as it's storage "back end", so you're wrong ... it IS ms access ... with some glitter on top.

Exchange is a shitty product, always has been. It's just that people have found many shitty "uses" for it, and are now locked in ... or so they think.

Give zimbra a try some day.

Oh, and before you ask/rant ... yeah i've administered many exchange platforms in my day. I make a good living now from migrating those to something more sensible.

Edited 2013-08-23 17:31 UTC

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RE[5]: Is it too late?
by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:40 in reply to "RE[4]: Is it too late?"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

He saying that for some companies use Access as a database and that works fine for them ... not that Exchange uses Access.

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RE[4]: Is it too late?
by jgagnon on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 18:06 in reply to "RE[3]: Is it too late?"
jgagnon Member since:
2008-06-24

The only thing not easily replaceable in Exchange is the shared calendars. There are even solutions for that but few that are integrated with everything else. There are likely 100's of applications that can serve as an email back-end in companies of just about any size. What are you using Exchange for that you think nothing else can do?

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RE[5]: Is it too late?
by tylerdurden on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 20:21 in reply to "RE[4]: Is it too late?"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Unfortunately part of the reason why Exchange has such a stronghold in certain corporate environments is due to the unconditional approval and support it receives from people who don't know what they are talking about, like the poster you were replying to.

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RE[5]: Is it too late?
by phoenix on Sat 24th Aug 2013 01:37 in reply to "RE[4]: Is it too late?"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Zimbra supports shared calendars, even when using Outlook add the client.

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