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

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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RE: Comment by Nelson
by Fergy on Mon 9th Dec 2013 08:14 UTC in reply to "Comment by Nelson"
Fergy
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2006-04-10

The only choices I think would have any kind of success are Satya Nadella and Stephen Elop. Of the two I prefer Satya, but Elop is imho more likely to get the position.

Elop really showed his strengths at Nokia. Going from hero to zero in a really small amount of time.
But, its one of the only ones that make sense. Elop understands Office (he ran the Office division for a while which reinvented itself with O365 and released Office 2010 without a hitch) and Nokia so he understands two huge parts of Microsoft moving forward.

Elop also showed he could take the hard work of Office2007 and give it a slight polish for the re release in 2010. On top of that he took Office into the future with O365 which is... uhm... let me look that up. Ah it is a subscription to Office. Really innovative.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Mon 9th Dec 2013 08:56 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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2011-05-12

I think Office 365 is quite a good idea. Innovative ideas are nice, but they need to be good as well.

As a company you want your users on the latest version. You can give it away, like Apple with iWork, or continue to extract money, like Microsoft with Office 365.

If your'e in to Office than the O365 plans provide pretty good deals, I guess.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by JAlexoid on Mon 9th Dec 2013 12:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
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2009-05-19

iWork is subsidised by devices, while Office is a major product for Microsoft. For MSOffice consumers are not the main target now. It's quite clear from their initiatives and features.

iWork is nice, but that's it. For all it's niceties, it's as viable in most places as Libre/OpenOffice.
That is, you can get things done without major issues... but MSOffice is just plain better.

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RE[3]: Comment by Nelson
by Fergy on Mon 9th Dec 2013 14:53 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Nelson"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

I think Office 365 is quite a good idea. Innovative ideas are nice, but they need to be good as well.

As a company you want your users on the latest version. You can give it away, like Apple with iWork, or continue to extract money, like Microsoft with Office 365.

If your'e in to Office than the O365 plans provide pretty good deals, I guess.

Of course it is a good idea. Linux has been doing it for ages. Charging for new versions of Windows and Office should have stopped a long time ago. Just pay a small fee per year and it is your choice if you want to run WindowsXP, 7 or 8.

If MS were a startup their behavior would be fine. But they are a billion dollar monopoly and I expect more from a corporation that has no limits.

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RE[2]: Comment by Nelson
by Nelson on Mon 9th Dec 2013 18:19 in reply to "RE: Comment by Nelson"
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2005-11-29

I think you severely and almost comically underestimate the logistical feat required to ship a version of Office. The guy has got the chops to run Microsoft, almost uniquely so given his Nokia experience and the fact that the executives moving to MSFT are loyal to him.

The Nokia performance is neither here nor there as its been hashed out to death on this website, I obviously disagree with your assessment of the situation.

Edited 2013-12-09 18:19 UTC

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