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[News] ComputerWorld Blog: Fire Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO

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Five reasons to fire Ballmer

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| 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.   


As the first comment says, it's good to have him... sink the ship. Then again,
the gangster culture must end.


Does Ballmer Need To Go?

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| Microsoft’s dramatic decision this weekend to withdraw its offer for Yahoo
| and not pursue a hostile bid raises a whole host of questions. What happens
| to Yahoo now? What happens to Microsoft? Or is this just a tactic to drive
| down the price of Yahoo’s shares so that Microsoft can go hostile with a
| lower offer? And if the deal really is dead, does Steve Ballmer need to start
| looking for a new job?


Hey! Ho! Time for Ballmer to Go?

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| The investment community likes Steve Ballmer. He's competent, aggressive and
| occasionally crazy. He's been at Microsoft's helm for eight years, during
| which time the technology landscape has drastically changed several times
| over. And although Microsoft hasn't always kept up, it has remained
| ridiculously profitable.


Make the wrong choice on Yahoo, and Ballmer could lose his job

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| Microsoft's board yesterday gave CEO Steve Ballmer "broad discretion" to
| decide on his own whether Microsoft should raise its offer for Yahoo,
| initiate a proxy fight for the company or walk away, the Wall Street Journal
| reports. That means if Ballmer makes the wrong call, it could cost him his
| job.


Microsoft Should Fire Steve Ballmer, or Hire SuperNanny. Or Both.

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| What should happen is this: Ballmer should re-canvass Yahoo's largest
| shareholders and ask what firm price in cash would get them on-board, and
| then offer it. No more futzing through middlemen bankers, just ask and
| deliver. I doubt this will happen -- Ballmer is caught up among internal
| politics, his own increasing impotence, and childish Yahoo intransigence --
| so he is stuck and looking more and like someone who keeps threatening to
| ground his kids, but never does. As we have all learned from watching
| SuperNanny, the trouble is rarely with the kids; it's almost always the
| nitwit parents.        
| Such is the case here, so my recipe for action? Fire Ballmer. Think how
| quickly things would change at Microsoft, and in this deal. And then hire
| SuperNanny and film some Microsoft meetings. I'd watch.  


Steve Ballmer's Nine Year Retirement Plan

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| Bill Gates is retiring from Microsoft this year and the exec he left in
| charge, Steve Ballmer, is ready to leave in nine years.


Does Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer need an intervention?

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| Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may need an intervention before this obsession
| with Yahoo–which is really about an obsession over Google–spins out of
| control.  


Is Microsoft's Ballmer a bad dealmaker?

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| The bid for Yahoo that helped sink the market value of Microsoft (MSFT) by
| more than $20 billion in one day in early February is one of the latest in a
| string of acquisitions and major investment stakes Microsoft has initiated
| since CEO Steve Ballmer took over in 2000 that have been punished by the
| stock market as misjudgments.    
| "Some learn more quickly than others. It doesn't look like Mr. Ballmer is
| learning that quickly," says UCLA Anderson School of Management professor
| Richard Roll, lead author of a study that analyzed 11 years of merger and
| acquisition announcements by 2,589 CEOs at 1,740 U.S. companies.  


UCLA Professor: Microsoft CEO Ballmer a ‘hubris-infected serial acquirer’ with
dismal track record


Bear Stearns's Advice To Microsoft

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| Co-founder Bill Gates can't be thrilled with watching
| Ballmer drain the company's cash. He didn't get so rich by buying at the top
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| of the market.  


Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo
| Inc.  


Microsoft's DreamSpark – What a Giveaway

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| The rest of the $44.6bn (£22.3bn) deal would be financed with an undisclosed
| amount of credit.
| What that means is that it must squeeze as much money as it can from its
| operations to fund that debt and still pay dividends to shareholders, who
| will be looking for some payback from the Yahoo takeover. Giving away
| software is the last thing it would want to do in these circumstances, and
| the DreamSpark announcement shows just how worried it is about the future.    


Will Deal-Making Chiefs Ever Learn? Maybe.

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| Mr. Ballmer was considered a “hubris-infected” chief under the study’s
| definition, because of Microsoft’s value-destroying deal to invest $100
| million in Vertical Net in 2000. He followed up with deals for Intertainer
| and BroadBand Office, which were also followed by below-market returns for
| shareholders.    
| In all, Mr. Ballmer made 15 deals between 2000 and 2002, with an average
| market-adjusted shareholder return of negative 4.59 percent.


Mergers of Corporate Giants Not Likely to Benefit Consumers

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| “There is little if any evidence that increased corporate size in
| already-large national and international firms produces greater technological
| innovation,” writes Elizabeth Sanders, Professor of Government at Cornell
| University. “To the contrary, it probably leads to less, given lower
| competitive pressures, and the starving of research in debt-burdened
| companies.”    


Can Ballmer pilot Microsoft through a changed tech course?

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| Can Ballmer steer Microsoft out of the roadblocks?
| The highly competitive Ballmer, you might say, is the man who cried "nice."
| And like the boy who cried wolf, no one believed him. The software giant's
| attempt to make nice with much of the developer community by opening up its
| APIs for key products was greeted with a jaundiced eye by regulators at the
| powerful European Commission.    
| However sincere Microsoft's stated change of heart may be, it is becoming
| clearer and clearer that Microsoft -- which knows it has to change -- is
| still struggling to find a fresher path.  
| What's a poor CEO to do?
| Now that Bill Gates has effectively left the building, Ballmer is free to
| transform Microsoft, a job made all the tougher by the enormous reservoir of
| mistrust the company has engendered over the years.  
| Case in point: the open APIs. Microsoft will give its competitors free access
| to the application programming interfaces and protocols it uses to ensure
| interoperability between its own products, a very significant change in
| business practices.    


EU May Fine Microsoft Over Antitrust Case, People Say

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| The fine may be announced as soon as Feb. 27, said the people, who declined
| to be identified because the decision isn't public. Microsoft said in a Jan.
| 24 U.S. regulatory filing that the penalty may be as much as 1.5 billion
| euros ($2.2 billion).  


Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of
| survival.


MicroHoo: corporate penis envy?

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| My advice to Microsoft: outsource your search to Google too!
| [...]
| Fighting over search is a bit like the Free Software Foundation
| re-implementing cat, ls, sort, and all the other Unix utilities that were
| already available in the Berkeley distributions of Unix. The real problem was
| solved by someone outside the FSF, when Linux Torvalds wrote a kernel, a
| missing piece that became the gravitational center of Linux, the center
| around which all of the other projects could coalesce, which made them more
| valuable not by competing with them but by completing them.


Steve Ballmer Gets the Egg-Treatment in Budapest

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