Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Mar 2014 22:55 UTC

Nadella, who succeeded Ballmer one month ago, took a step this week by unraveling part of a restructuring his predecessor put in place in one of his last acts as chief executive officer. Nadella appointed onetime Democratic political operative Mark Penn to the just-invented post of strategy chief and shuffled other executives to resolve an unwieldy setup Ballmer had established in the marketing department.

Interesting look at the goings-on surround Ballmer's end.

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RE[4]: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Fri 7th Mar 2014 07:43 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Nelson"
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To be honest, as an Apple user, he did have a point there.

I skipped the first generation iPhone. No GPS was no iPhone for me. Jobs' WiFi triangulation stuff didn't convince me. Maybe it worked in the States (in big cities), but I doubt it would have worked anywhere else.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

I don't think he did. The original iphone might not have been the perfect phone for everyone's use case. But many people saw the ease of use for common functionality, and the new functionality added on ( Full web browsing) and understood that the game had changed. Microsoft did not, at least going by all the public statements that people gave at the time. I don't know what was said internally, of course.

Also, if you read the stories behind the iphone, its kind of a miracle the thing worked at all. That was some great last minute work by a lot of people.

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RE[6]: Comment by Nelson
by MOS6510 on Fri 7th Mar 2014 18:21 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by Nelson"
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Yes, but the easy of use made it more expensive than higher tech phones. Mobile Safari was really the only highlight.

I was missing too much to spend my money on an iPhone until the iPhone 3G arrived. Now the iPhone is still expensive, but I gladly pay up for the ease of use, (third party) app quality and ecosystem even though there are more advanced phones out there.

Personally I can imagine people doubting if the iPhone would take off. Google thought it would and acted, the rest didn't and Microsoft reacted too slow.

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