Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 8th Dec 2013 22:10 UTC

The Microsoft CEO succession process appears to be stalled. This is a company with immense human, technical, and financial resources; the tech industry is filled with intelligent, energetic, dedicated candidates. What's wrong with the matchmaking process?

The gist: Microsoft needs someone strong enough to stand up to the old guard still looking over everyone's shoulder (Gates and Ballmer) - and essentially dismiss them - since the company needs to look to the future, not the past.

Good luck with that.

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They Should Create A New Company
by siraf72 on Sun 8th Dec 2013 22:53 UTC
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Put together a special projects team under a wholly owned subsidiary. Hire/move/acquire talent. Leave them alone for a year. See what they come back with. If it doesn't suck, let them get on with it.

They've got enough cash to do that initiative several times over in several markets. The MS board needs to start seeing themselves as an information technology investment committee and less as guardians of Windows and Office.

My armchair punditry.

Edited 2013-12-08 22:53 UTC

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Nelson Member since:

Basically what Microsoft Research does.

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JAlexoid Member since:

Except that Microsoft research is not allowed to produce products... that's a shame.

They should take it one step further - spin-off Microsoft Research into a subsidiary and allow it to create products that might even compete with Microsoft's own.

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siraf72 Member since:

I suspect that is already too embroiled in the bureaucracy and politics. I know they do incredible work there, but how much of that has ever turned into incredible products.

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linux-lover Member since:

Didn't IBM do something somewhat similar with the PC?
"But the chairman of IBM worried that his company’s massive bureaucracy would make any internal PC project take years to produce, by which time the personal computer industry might already be completely taken over by non-IBM machines.

So a rogue group in Boca Raton, Florida—far away from IBM headquarters—was allowed to use a radical strategy to design and produce a machine using largely off-the-shelf parts and a third-party CPU, operating system, and programming languages."

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