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Ballmer Leaves Microsoft Board

Soulskill posted about 2 months ago | from the retirement!-retirement!-retirement! dept.

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jones_supa writes: After leaving his position as CEO of Microsoft a year ago, Steve Ballmer has still held a position as a member of the board of directors for the company. Now, he is leaving the board, explaining why in a letter to fresh Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. "I have become very busy," Ballmer explains. "I see a combination of Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking up a lot of time." Despite his departure, the former-CEO is still invested in the company's success, and he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice. Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in "the mobile-first, cloud-first world."

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"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (5, Funny)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about 2 months ago | (#47706691)

. . . customer last.

Burma Shave.

Re:"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706751)

Agreed.

But +1 for Ballmer leaving. Developers, Developers, Developers? What about usable interface, proper security, and open standards?

Re:"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706863)

But +1 for Ballmer leaving.

+2 : user:sNadella

Re:"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (1)

ls671 (1122017) | about 2 months ago | (#47709855)

Dear Satya,

I thought you were a girl based on your name. So I went to the interwebs to find a picture of yourself to see if you were cute.

Oh well, maybe I will have better luck next time.

-Narayana

Re:"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (5, Funny)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about 2 months ago | (#47706961)

But +1 for Ballmer leaving.

-1 for Ballmer leaving. What is good for Microsoft, is bad for humanity. I would like to see him stay.

Re:"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (1)

antdude (79039) | about 2 months ago | (#47708813)

Bill Gates, is that you? :P

Players, Players, Players, Players!!!! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706755)

Players, Players, Players, Players!!!!

ah, come on... (4, Funny)

swschrad (312009) | about 2 months ago | (#47706849)

it's basketball. REBOUND, REBOUND, REBOUND!! (tosses chair. another chair. water jug. wig. money. case full of Surface II tablets, one at a time. tosses T-shirt cannon ....)

Re:ah, come on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706947)

I hear he is looking to trade Blake Griffin so that he, Ballmer, can start at power forward. Seems he had a group of programers produce a virtual reality video game to train him, using, of course, the Kinect to work on his shooting mechanics. He thinks he will be ready to roll by the time the season starts.

Re:ah, come on... (1)

mattack2 (1165421) | about 2 months ago | (#47707935)

Whatever little snippet I saw of him on the news the other day, yelling at his team (press conference?), definitely did remind me of the DEVELOPERS spazzing.

Re:ah, come on... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708469)

WATCH OUT BOBBY KNIGHT!

Steve knows chair throwing!

Steve knows how to cut off the air supply!

Steve's too big for the college game!

Steve's too big for coaching!

Watch out, Bobby!

Re:"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706857)

Offtopic PolygamousRanchKid, but given your name I thought I would point out what the punishment is for polygamy... ...it's having more than one wife.

Re:"mobile-first, cloud-first . . ." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706885)

...Ballmer Shave?
*ducks*

Wanted: Manager (2)

Snufu (1049644) | about 2 months ago | (#47707001)

Requirements: Can use a standing desk.

Oh really... (1)

itsenrique (846636) | about 2 months ago | (#47706697)

""Nadella shot back a supportive, equally optimistic response, promising that Microsoft will thrive in "the mobile-first, cloud-first world."""
I'd be pretty surprised if Microsoft was able to worm its way into mobile on anything like the scale it had/has with desktops. Cloud stuff? Perhaps...

Re:Oh really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706737)

Hey now! It's thanks to Steve Ballmer that Microsoft has excelled in mobile (chairs)

yeesh, credit where credit is due

Re:Oh really... (4, Insightful)

afidel (530433) | about 2 months ago | (#47706807)

They're already the second largest Iaas provider after Amazon (EC2 vs Azure) and the second largest business Saas provider after Salesforce (SF vs Office365/Dynamics cloud). As they cloudify more of their offerings they'll be able to capture plenty of revenue from mobile, and since they'll actually be eating their own dogfood their tools for large customers should get better and more and more small customers will just host with them.

Re:Oh really... (2)

itsenrique (846636) | about 2 months ago | (#47707521)

Indeed, they do seem to be a large presence in the cloud. But still, mobile?

Re:Oh really... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708817)

Cloud stuff? Perhaps

YESTERDAY 7:30 AM:
Microsoft’s Azure cloud service suffered a lengthy outage this morning in many locations — one which might trigger the right to claim credits under its service level agreements (SLAs) which guarantee uptime of 99.9% or more.

http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2... [lifehacker.com.au]

Ya think?

first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706701)

first post, last host

Mobile first? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706705)

WTF! Then why did he lay off me and all of my friends that work on mobile? No. They gave-up on mobile when they laid-off most of the mobile employees.

Re:Mobile first? (2)

mbkennel (97636) | about 2 months ago | (#47706943)

That's exactly how Microsoft is going to thrive in the mobile-first world. By getting the fuck out.

Nadella knows what's up (i.e. Elop & Ballmer are tumors) and how they're not really capable.

But seriously, that's a smart idea, they're writing the software & hosting the infrastructure for the back end services.

Re:Mobile first? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707153)

WTF! Then why did he lay off me and all of my friends that work on mobile? No. They gave-up on mobile when they laid-off most of the mobile employees.

Mobile first, as in getting rid of the worthless employees that suck and replacing them with competent employees who can make them successful. The fact you didn't see that was what is happening proves you were one of the worthless ones.

Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707235)

It should be pretty obvious that this point that mobile isn't all that it's cracked up to be, even if executives need to at least pretend in public that it's still relevant, to save face.

Smartphones haven't moved much beyond text messaging (or apps that offer similar functionality), email, games, and basic web browsing. Many corporate users just use them for email and occasional phone calls. There's really nothing to be monetized there.

Netbooks have proven to be an abysmal failure. Customers just don't want the bad experience that they provide, when it comes to both software and hardware. We haven't seen any real adoption of Chromebook-style devices, either, for the same reason.

Tablets have also failed in the market. Apple is the only vendor to have seen some success, but that was built more upon hype and the quasi-religious attitude that many people hold toward Apple devices, rather than out of any real need or use for such devices. Outside of a small number of niche use cases, people in general have found tablets to be useless. They sound good in theory, but then they're found to be too locked down or inconvenient to use, and end up collecting dust.

People want desktops. People want real laptops. People don't want yet another shitty mobile device. I'm sorry to say this, but you and your friends were in the wrong field. You followed fads rather than providing real value, and paid for it with your jobs. Resources need to go where they'll be best used, and mobile just isn't the best use for them.

Re: Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707315)

strange considering how many iPads have sold

Re: Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707591)

Well, you obviously didn't read the GP's comment. The GP covered that:

Tablets have also failed in the market. Apple is the only vendor to have seen some success, but that was built more upon hype and the quasi-religious attitude that many people hold toward Apple devices, rather than out of any real need or use for such devices.

Millions upon millions of crucifix necklaces have been sold, too. Just because there have been lots of sales it doesn't mean that they're actually useful, though. iDevices, just like crucifix necklaces, are pointless items bought due to religious fanaticism rather than for some productive purpose.

Re: Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47709247)

Millions upon millions of crucifix necklaces have been sold, too. Just because there have been lots of sales it doesn't mean that they're actually useful, though. iDevices, just like crucifix necklaces, are pointless items bought due to religious fanaticism rather than for some productive purpose.

Sounds like someone is till mad they didn't buy Apple at $5.

Re:Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707689)

My wife does 100% of her work as a writer on her Chromebook and various Android devices. Seems like it works for some people, just not everyone. I would venture a guess that most people could survive just fine on a Chromebook in a home environment.

I was at six flags this weekend and they were using Chromebooks as their Kiosk Machines in their Season ticket office. I was at a marathon several months ago and saw they were using chromebooks there as kiosks for users to check their placement/time for the marathon. Seems to me like there are a lot of markets for chrome/tablets.

I use my macbook for work, but for home use my tablet is fine for at least 75% of use cases.

Re:Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (1)

s.petry (762400) | about 2 months ago | (#47709295)

My wife does 100% of her work as a writer on her Chromebook and various Android devices.

If you would have stuck with just claiming that she worked on a Chromebook, I may believe you. While not "great" in terms of anything, it's at least possible. A Chromebook is like laptop. Of course with poorer performance, crappy graphics, and limited software available.

I have no idea why you would toss out the claim of Android, are you getting paid to shill? Kind of like someone claiming "My wife does 100% of her work a Macbook and iphone/ipad.". Obviously the majority of the work is on the Macbook, and "yes" I would ask them the same question.

Re:Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (3, Interesting)

mbkennel (97636) | about 2 months ago | (#47707801)

| Tablets have also failed in the market. Apple is the only vendor to have seen some success, but that was built more upon hype and the quasi-religious attitude that many people hold toward Apple devices, rather than out of any real need or use for such devices. Outside of a small number of niche use cases, people in general have found tablets to be useless.

The niche use cases are
a) reading email
b) sending messages
c) using web apps
d) watching movies
e) playing games

which as it turns out are very common.

However it's true that Microsoft doesn't have a huge play here on the terminal (tablet end), but it does on the service end.

It just means that now such software will be expected to be readable and usable (for some things) on a tablet terminal as well as a laptop terminal. There's plenty of traveling businessmen who might want to access a service application through a tablet (e.g sales force) that starts in 2 seconds when they're in the airport instead of using the whole laptop.

For Microsoft, tablets are not an opportunity to make hardware or sell operating systems (the total global revenue from tablet operating system sales is $0), but only as another terminal to hosted applications.

They should stick to writing business software. Instead of trying to fight and lose against very capable competitors in their primary niches, i.e. Google and Apple, they should compete in the space of general business software. There's much more opportunity beyond Office. Soft targets, for example all of Oracle's horrid non-database application software, where the standards are egregiously low, and make Office seem like a work from Michelangelo.

Re:Newsflash: mobile doesn't actually matter. (2)

Bonker (243350) | about 2 months ago | (#47709091)

I wish I had upvotes for you.

I am a power user. I'm currently surrounded by two very powerful PCs... rather a high-end 'docked' mac laptop dedicated to development work and a frankenstein's monster BYOC dedicated to gaming, Watching and converting video (-- Anime junkie) and artwork.

I also own a little Samsung Android tablet. Despite the mobile development workstation, I use the ever-loving snot out of that tablet. I use it to watch video I've converted for it, read books and magazines, browse web while seated in my nice club chair in the living room, have a reference site up while console gaming, and art. Turns out that Autodesk has a VERY nice painting app for $6. Works beautifully with cheapy capacitive styluses.

I consume the vast majority of my Crunchyroll subscription on it (more anime and manga).

However, I don't use it at ALL for email.

So yeah, mobile matters.

Before leaving, Steve did ALS Ice Bucket Challenge (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706709)

While Microsoft is considered the evil empire on /. , I do like the fact that the main players - Bill & Melinda Gates, Satya Nadella, and Steve Ballmer - all did the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. [winbeta.org]

Bill Gate's ALS video was very creative [youtube.com] (and inspired this ALS video [youtube.com] ) so how come multi-billionaire Balmer couldn't do a better video ... or was it because he was "very busy" ;)

Re:Before leaving, Steve did ALS Ice Bucket Challe (-1, Flamebait)

Nemesisghost (1720424) | about 2 months ago | (#47706851)

Oh, you mean where rich people get to waste a bunch of water(and even more energy to freeze some of that water) to get out of paying money to a charity? Yeah, great job guys.

Re:Before leaving, Steve did ALS Ice Bucket Challe (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706941)

Yeah, because Bill would never give money to charity.

Re:Before leaving, Steve did ALS Ice Bucket Challe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706937)

Self serving videos to draw attention to oneself rank up there with self serving open letters that serve no purpose other than to draw attention to oneself. This may be news for people who care about billionaires who seek to "own" other people, but I do not get the relevance to nerds?

Re:Before leaving, Steve did ALS Ice Bucket Challe (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 2 months ago | (#47706969)

well, nerds often have delusions of becoming billionaires.

Nothing like aiming low (1, Insightful)

s.petry (762400) | about 2 months ago | (#47707051)

So people that shit on others, circumvent and break the law, and basically shit on people at every possible opportunity to make personal gains are to be looked up to when they toss a crumb to a crowd. Got it.

Grats on being a completely brainwashed idiot, instead of just an average idiot.

Shocking (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47709445)

It is shocking how old BG3 looks in that video. Those cheeseburgers add up...

Mobile-First, Cloud-First World (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706715)

On another note; all of the company softball teams get first place trophies every year.

Steve Ballmer (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706723)

Steve Ballmer: What a dick!

Need I say more.

Managers being managers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706725)

Mobile-first, cloud-first. So that's why I can't buy a desktop OS from Microsoft anymore?

Re:Managers being managers (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706897)

First you buy their mobile (and mobile os) then you buy their cloud service (again, first (huh?)) only then can you buy other products

Thrive in a Cloud-First world? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706733)

Not with Azure, they won't.

C (0)

Dan East (318230) | about 2 months ago | (#47706739)

Microsoft remained profitable under Ballmer, but then it also missed some huge opportunities, and totally lost markets that it dominated (like mobile OS with Windows CE / Pocket PC). I give him a C. Maybe a C-.

Re: C (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706839)

M$ never dominated the mobile market with WinCe or PPC

They were highly unpopular compared with the Black Berry and Palm Pilots.

Re: C (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707169)

You've never worked with ruggedized industrial barcode scanners, I see...

Good luck finding either of those has-been brands in that space. And yet, nothing has replaced Windows Mobile 6.5 there. They even brought WM6.5 back from the dead, after years of non-support, and renamed it as Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5.

WinCE (as WinMo or WinEH), the .Net Compact Framework, and Visual Studio 2008 have a long life ahead of them.

Re: C (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708903)

And yet, nothing has replaced Windows Mobile 6.5 there.

The replacement is happening, but since these are expensive, durable devices, it's slower than we're seeing at consumer level.

Our teams are all transitioning to Android devices like Honeywell's 70e Dolphins. There's no more development for the WM6x platform at all, apart from legacy maintenance. It's a dead end.

Re: C (4, Informative)

Dan East (318230) | about 2 months ago | (#47707295)

I'm sorry but you're incorrect. In 2007 Windows Mobile had the largest market share of any OS for mobile devices, with 42% of the market:
http://bgr.com/2011/12/13/appl... [bgr.com]

They had tied Blackberry the year before, and edged them out in 2007 which was when iPhone was released. Then the next year iPhone took over.

Going back pre-smartphone, when the only real players in the PDA arena were Palm and Microsoft, Microsoft surpassed Palm in 2004, and from then on it was all downhill for Palm as they tried to update an archaic OS to utilize advances in hardware.
http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/65... [pcpro.co.uk]

Microsoft soundly won the PDA war, but then were totally decimated soon after the PDA market transitioned into the Smart Phone market. In turn, Palm, then Blackberry, then Microsoft all owned the market and then stagnated, failed to innovate, and were superseded by new OSes that didn't have legacy issues (or trying to maintain backwards compatibility, etc).

Re: C (2)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 months ago | (#47708645)

Going back pre-smartphone, when the only real players in the PDA arena were Palm and Microsoft, Microsoft surpassed Palm in 2004, and from then on it was all downhill for Palm as they tried to update an archaic OS to utilize advances in hardware.

So you're saying that, during the past few years, Microsoft has basically been slogging through the same experience Palm went through a decade ago.

Only the US (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47709053)

No that was US only, the world and overall were Symbian by a large margin.

What you're saying is that Microsoft dominated the US carrier market for a few years, in the same way that Sony dominated the Japanese domestic market.

There is no 'winner' in a technology war, the war is never ending and Microsoft were never top dog except in one market.

Re: C (1)

Tough Love (215404) | about 2 months ago | (#47706929)

To keep those windfall profits rolling in, Microsoft only ever knew two tricks: 1) turn on your partners 2) do not respect the law.

Will leave MicroSoft board, Bored is more like it (1)

Grow Old Timber (1071718) | about 2 months ago | (#47706745)

I sure will miss him. Naawt! How many chips will he have to cash in on to buy the Clippers? Only enough to keep the price of MS stock from tumbling, like Bill does.

"the mobile-first, cloud-first world." (3, Funny)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 months ago | (#47706763)

.... Ya, if I was Ballmer I would be distancing myself and selling stock as fast as I could.

Re:"the mobile-first, cloud-first world." (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706901)

This.

Ballmer only wanted to make a quick buck. He IS that kind of guy. He knew Microsoft was going to shit from the start.
As did Bill Gates, he saw the absolute SHITFEST that Windows was becoming with Vista. He got out as soon as he could.
You could even see that in the emails that were flying around that were published in relation to the Vista Capable lawsuits.

Microsoft is slowly, but surely dying.
They seem to think they can get anywhere in the handheld world.
But they simply lack the ability. And even the software now. Microsoft actually used to be a software powerhouse, killing off or buying out those they couldn't. Now? Pfft. Laughable.

mobile-first, cloud-first (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706777)

Year of the Linux Desktop anyone ?

Clippy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706795)

Is this just an excuse to have more time to change the Clipper's mascot to Clippy? Was he on the board for a year to get the copyright/trademark?

Priorities (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706815)

So which is first? Mobile or cloud?

But in all seriousness, any self-respecting corporation should have at least four top priorities. So how about mobile-first, cloud-first, big-data-first and ice-bucket-challenge-first?

He. Loves. This. Company. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706823)

As long as he's running it. As soon as someone takes his place, well he's got stuff to do, places to go, people to meet.

MS Visual Studio pretty good (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706837)

Reddit is slow was written probably in MS Visual Basic.

He departed because... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706887)

they nailed the chairs down.

Re:He departed because... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707003)

He switched to Linux.

Balmer leaves Mickey$oft, ... (0)

rstanley (758673) | about 2 months ago | (#47706891)

And 10 office furniture stores, and office chair repair shops in Redmond are closing down! ;^)

"civic contribution"??? ROTFLMAO!!!

"teaching" He teaches??? WHAT??? ;^)

So sad (1)

Tough Love (215404) | about 2 months ago | (#47706903)

His ability to cause maximum damage and employee discomfort will be somewhat curtailed. Too bad about that. Hopefully Nadella can fill his clown shoes.

Re:So sad (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47706951)

Maybe he is just inspired by Bobby Knight. Time for front row theatre at the ball game!

Exhibit 153B (0)

wcrowe (94389) | about 2 months ago | (#47706919)

Exhibit 153B. Sociopaths in natural habitat.

Who (1)

Snufu (1049644) | about 2 months ago | (#47706949)

will find--fill his chair?

Microsoft is a spent force (4, Interesting)

Ckwop (707653) | about 2 months ago | (#47707005)

Microsoft doesn't have many fans on Slashdot but even the most die-hard of fans must now see that they're in a real bad position.

The used to be invincible in the consumer space but now the computing device of choice is either the tablet or the smart phone. Precious few of these are Windows based.

The used to be invincible in the business user space but the move to mobile computing means business people are using iPhone and iPads, not Windows Phones and Surface.

Then there's Bing, who's only claim to fame is being the world's greatest search engine. For. Porn.

Then there's Azure. We actually looked at Azure and discovered that the same hardware in EC2 was half the price. If you going to twice as much you might as well give up and go home.

Then there was the own goal of the latest generation XBox. They managed to piss everyone off for no discernible gain.

The only area their grip is still strong is PC gaming. For how long, who knows?

Microsoft is a spent force. They're out of ideas. In a few short years they've gone from being the 800lb gorilla to just struggling just to remain relevant.

It reminds me of Brazil versus Germany at this year's world cup. I'm not celebrating any more; it's just sad at this point.

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (4, Funny)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 2 months ago | (#47707111)

Then there's Bing, who's only claim to fame is being the world's greatest search engine. For. Porn.

Wait... it is? Seriously? I've got a friend who actually cares about this. I'll "let him know".

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (1)

Ksevio (865461) | about 2 months ago | (#47707311)

I'm convinced this is just an underground effort by bing's PR team to get the Internet to like it for something

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (3, Informative)

dyslexicbunny (940925) | about 2 months ago | (#47707525)

Google aggressively filters out porn from the results. Bing doesn't. Which is convenient when you want to find porn.

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (1)

DoofusOfDeath (636671) | about 2 months ago | (#47707551)

Doesn't adding the keyword "porn" to the Google search stop all of that filtering?

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (2)

myrdos2 (989497) | about 2 months ago | (#47707587)

I don't know, but there's only one way to find out!

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707603)

Isn't that why you disable 'safe search' on Google?

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707781)

A while back they changed it to assume that you wanted safesearch at "moderate" unless your search query has a very explicit word like "porn" in it. There's still a checkbox for safesearch, but it's the difference between "moderate" and "strict".

Still, I think Bing's known for porn more because of the video previews it does on its video search results pages.

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708553)

Um, so you're telling me Google is writing off this portion of the search market, and the best competition is Microsoft?

Oh Mr. VC man, I smell a market opportunity!

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (1)

KamikazeSquid (3611985) | about 2 months ago | (#47707891)

I find porn on Google all the time. Google video search has tons of porn if you use the right search terms.

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (5, Informative)

David_Hart (1184661) | about 2 months ago | (#47707519)

Microsoft doesn't have many fans on Slashdot but even the most die-hard of fans must now see that they're in a real bad position.

The used to be invincible in the consumer space but now the computing device of choice is either the tablet or the smart phone. Precious few of these are Windows based.

The used to be invincible in the business user space but the move to mobile computing means business people are using iPhone and iPads, not Windows Phones and Surface.

Then there was the own goal of the latest generation XBox. They managed to piss everyone off for no discernible gain.

The only area their grip is still strong is PC gaming. For how long, who knows?

Microsoft mice are still popular... (grin)

The XBox and PS3 were pretty much even, there was no clear definitive advantage for Microsoft. Plus, we don't even know if Microsoft ever broke even with the Xbox.

Microsoft's bread-n-butter has always been MS Office, Desktop OS, and the Enterprise space. MS is developing Office Apps for the iPad and Android, PC/Laptop sales have stabilized as people realize that they still need them to edit and create content, and the Enterprise space is doing better than ever with the advent of virtual servers.

I'm not saying that Microsoft doesn't have challenges but saying that they are "struggling just to remain relevant" shows a lack of understanding about the business as a whole. As proof, in Q4 2014 Microsoft enterprise sales "increased $2.3 billion or 6%, due primarily to increased revenue from our server products". A $2.3 billion dollar increase in one quarter is nothing to sneeze at...

http://www.microsoft.com/Inves... [microsoft.com]

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (2)

mcrbids (148650) | about 2 months ago | (#47708229)

Revenue for a company on the way out frequently looks really rosy right up to the last bit. Take a look at Nokia which was making massive profits by not investing in smart phones. They had massive market share in "feature phones" that overwhelmingly outsold smart phones. That is, until they became so passe that even the kids didn't want one. Now the pieces are being sold off to... wait!

You know, I didn't even mean to pick Nokia because of its relationship with Microsoft, but it just occurred to me... Whelp!

Re:Microsoft is a spent force (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708523)

Bitch! I get my porn from Google, like any other American.

Rats leaving ship (2)

TeknoHog (164938) | about 2 months ago | (#47707045)

Chairs or it didn't happen.

The /. MS FP drinking game (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707103)

every day when a new MS article appears on the FP, take a drink.

8411m3r: I'm still relevant! What quirky thing will I do next to assure I'm in the media?

BTW Robin Williams died. Many stories were submitted but /. failed to approve any for FP. Instead, we hear about Microsoft news again, and again, and again, and again, and again.

true reaon for leaving! (4, Insightful)

u19925 (613350) | about 2 months ago | (#47707125)

Dear Satya,

I sincerely feel that microsoft stock is very high and is unsustainable over a long period. I cannot sell my stock while still on microsoft board. By leaving the board, I will be able to sell the stock before it crashes. Why do you think, I made you CEO in the first place?

Your former boss.

Re:true reaon for leaving! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707289)

Winner! /thread

LOL! Captcha: investor

Re:true reaon for leaving! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47707845)

Ballmer has 20 billion fortune. I doubt he'd care that much whether he got 0$or few billions more for his stocks.

Re:true reaon for leaving! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708771)

Not quite.

Dear Satya,

I'm glad I put in charge of implementing the vision I designed of Microsoft being a "devices and services" company. I'm sure you'll be very successful since Bill and I created Microsoft and I basically put everything in place before you started. Best of luck,

Sincerely,
Steve

Dear Steve,

The board put me in charge and I immediately saw that "devices and services" was the brain dead delusions of a backslapping salesman relic from the mainframe-and-PC era of computing. We're a "mobile and cloud first" company now, no thanks to you because you had no clue. Congratulations on your new career,

Sincerely,
Satya

perhaps now that he is gone they may have a chance (1)

bunhed (208100) | about 2 months ago | (#47707641)

a slim chance, to be sure. they have lost a lot of ground.

---
message sent from surface pro 3

And nothing of value was lost (1)

dave562 (969951) | about 2 months ago | (#47707729)

Title says it all

"Bleeding Microsoft" Sounds Painful (1)

akgoddess (134883) | about 2 months ago | (#47707731)

I'm not sure if "I bleed Microsoft" was a painful or positive experience.

Dear Mr. Nadella (1)

istartedi (132515) | about 2 months ago | (#47707759)

Dear Mr. Nadella, IBM still makes mainframes. Please don't forget that. Sincerely, "Legacy".

The Donald Sterling mystery explained (1)

Drunkulus (920976) | about 2 months ago | (#47707793)

SB: Don. I want to buy a basketball team.
DS: That's not going to help sell more Zunes, Steve.
SB: Uh, yeah well it's time for new challenges, if you know what I mean. But between steering Microsoft
into an iceberg and my well known temper tantrums, I'm afraid the NBA won't let me buy a team.
DS: I'll put in a good word for you.
SB: That's not going to cut it, Don. What I need is for you to create a distraction. A train wreck caliber
disturbance so profound the NBA will be glad to have me.
DS: Oh my God.

Re:The Donald Sterling mystery explained (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708911)

LOL. Right on, brother!

Insufficient (1)

Dragonshed (206590) | about 2 months ago | (#47707943)

Sorry Balmer, that still isn't far enough.

Nuke him from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.

I wanted to see monkeyboy dance sum moar (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708099)

I am shedding a manly tear now. I shall never see the Monkeyboy dance for us ever again.

"I'm just one man." (1)

jpellino (202698) | about 2 months ago | (#47708233)

said Ballmer "how much skull-peeling screaming can I do?"

I would too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708275)

I don't blame the guy, why stay on a sinking ship? The man is smarter than he looks, and behaves. Take the money and run steve, run hard!

In other news... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708429)

Steve Ballmer leaves his post running Microsoft into the ground to take on the responsibility of running the Clippers into the ground.

very busy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#47708777)

"I'm off to ruin more companies."
-Steve 'Sweaty Balls' Ballmer

Ballmer's advices (1)

manu0601 (2221348) | about 2 months ago | (#47708809)

he spent most of the letter encouraging Nadella and giving advice

I would be cautious with advices from the guy that has just been fired. Just saying I heard them may cause MS quotation to drop.

did he take his chair with him? (1)

ceCA (675081) | about 2 months ago | (#47709081)

I bet u he left @ micro$oft ! What will he throw @ the basketball players?
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