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Re: ComputerWorld Blog: Fire Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

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____/ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on Thursday 29 May 2008 19:25 : \____

> On May 28, 6:47 pm, Roy Schestowitz <newsgro...@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> wrote:
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>> Five reasons to fire Ballmer
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | 1) The Vista Technology Flop. Technically, Vista was crap.
>> |
>> | [...]
>> |
>> | 2) The Vista Business Failure: Microsoft has managed to sell junk before
>> | but this time it had set itself an impossible job.
>> |
>> | [...]
>> |
>> | 3) The Yahoo Fiasco: If Microsoft had pulled off the hostile takeover of
>> | Yahoo...
>> |
>> | [...]
>> |
>> | 4) The Fall of Microsoft Office. Remember when Microsoft was talking up
>> | how great the initial sales of Office 2007 were? A year later, in
>> | Microsoft's third quarter results, we see that Office's operating income
>> | has dropped from $3.4 billion, to $3.1 billion.
>> |
>> | [...]
>> |
>> | 5) Who doesn't love you baby? The stock market that's who. Today,
>> | Microsoft's stock is wobbling just over $28. The 52-week high was $37.50.
>> | What do you think will happen to Microsoft's stock when Bill officially
>> | retires? It won't be pretty.
>> `----
>> http://blogs.computerworld.com/five_reasons_to_fire_ballmer
> I didn't know it was SJVN until I read it.  Here's a quote from a
> reader:
> Ballmer is the best thing that ever happened to Apple and FOSS. Long
> Live Ballmer as M$'s fuerher!!!
> Which are my sentiments exactly.  Ballmer has the same aggressiveness
> and contempt for ethics that Gates had, but he's not as effective.
> And by the way, one of the biggest reasons Vista has been a flop is
> the way it is infested with DRM.  That explains at least part of the
> sluggishness and heavy resources required, as well as the trouble over
> drivers and the lack of support for older software.   It probably also
> explains in part why it took MS so long to produce Vista.  It was a
> gamble by Ballmer that Vista and its DRM could lock in the
> entertainment market.  That doesn't seem to be working, and has to
> count as another big failure of Ballmer's.

DRM was more 'alive' some years ago (for music at least) but awareness of its
harms has increased. I don't think DRM was Microsoft's reason for delay. I
also know for a fact that 7 will be procrastinated endlessly and end up like
turd that's just a Vista 'SP' (Allchin talk about renaming SPs before) with a
new task bar or whatever... which will confuse users like those ribbons people
loathe... before running back to the "better" 2003 version.

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