Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 16th Sep 2013 17:45 UTC
Windows PC Magazine reports that bookies at the Ladbrokes betting service give 1:4 odds that Nokia CEO Stephen Elop will be the next Microsoft CEO. Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg comes in second place with 7:1 odds against, while Steven Sinofsky, previously head of the Windows division, comes in third at 12:1 odds against.

Without intending any disrespect, I can't imagine a worse choice for the next CEO than Mr. Elop. His blind fealty to Windows at Nokia cost the stock an 85% drop on his watch. Microsoft needs new directions and new ideas, not another Windows loyalist.
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new Idea
by themwagency on Mon 16th Sep 2013 18:16 UTC
themwagency
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2013-03-06

Curious what many of you would think of this...

Here's a new idea. Lets assume for a second that it could be done and the logistics for any of these scenarios made it a practical situation and the legalities were formerly ironed out ahead of time.

What about a completely radical idea involving dropping the windows code base and migrating to a BSD, Linux or OS X etc.?

Whichever was chosen could potentially dictate the most ideal CEO.

Edited 2013-09-16 18:18 UTC

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RE: new Idea
by drcouzelis on Mon 16th Sep 2013 18:49 in reply to "new Idea"
drcouzelis Member since:
2010-01-11

What about a completely radical idea involving dropping the windows code base and migrating to a BSD, Linux or OS X etc.?

Doing that could bring many benefits, but I don't think it would even be considered unless there was a way to allow almost all current Windows applications to be installed and run correctly on it.

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RE[2]: new Idea
by No it isnt on Mon 16th Sep 2013 20:03 in reply to "RE: new Idea"
No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Windows used to have great backwards and forwards compatibility, but it's not been the case for God knows how long. Hell, I can't even get some "certified for Windows Vista" games to run correctly under Windows 7 (most notably Saints Row II).

I'm not sure dropping WinNT for Linux or BSD would make anything better, though. OS X/Darwin would be madness, as it doesn't even have a modern file system.

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RE: new Idea
by andrewclunn on Mon 16th Sep 2013 20:10 in reply to "new Idea"
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2012-11-05

That's a plan for AFTER Microsoft doesn't have 80%+ market share on the desktop. Stagnation is a good business plan for them, so long as they can milk the cash cow. Then, only after the market changes, should they then take their loads of cash and development resources and do something different.

Until then, they've been trying to expand their dominance into other devices through connectivity with their Windows' platform. It's failed largely because 3rd party devices simply made their offerings interface with Windows PCs as well. The one area where it has succeeded has been in the console game space, but that is due to the ease of shared development.

The take away is that Microsoft should not target the end user. They succeed when they target businesses, be it companies who want locked down machines for their employees, or software publishers who develop and sell their products. Once you understand how Microsoft actually makes its money, you'll realize why they would never do anything like what you are proposing until their current income source dried up.

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RE[2]: new Idea
by lucas_maximus on Mon 16th Sep 2013 20:36 in reply to "RE: new Idea"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

It never will because they keep on providing software that business build other applications on.

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RE: new Idea
by Dano on Mon 16th Sep 2013 20:26 in reply to "new Idea"
Dano Member since:
2006-01-22

Tell me again why MS should move away from NT kernel? LOL LOL LOL

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RE: new Idea
by allanregistos on Tue 17th Sep 2013 00:08 in reply to "new Idea"
allanregistos Member since:
2011-02-10

Curious what many of you would think of this...

Here's a new idea. Lets assume for a second that it could be done and the logistics for any of these scenarios made it a practical situation and the legalities were formerly ironed out ahead of time.

What about a completely radical idea involving dropping the windows code base and migrating to a BSD, Linux or OS X etc.?

Whichever was chosen could potentially dictate the most ideal CEO.

Droping Windows NT kernel for a BSD or Linux, will never happen. Not an expert here, but I have read an article a long time ago about the Windows kernel, the point of the article is, NT kernel was awesome piece of technology, you may replace something like the Win32 API, but not the kernel.

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RE[2]: new Idea
by Fergy on Thu 19th Sep 2013 18:32 in reply to "RE: new Idea"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

NT kernel was awesome piece of technology

There is a reason why you wrote that in past tense.

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