Microsoft Hit with Class Action Suit for Allegedly Hiding Poor Surface RT Sales From Investors

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wumpus

So Microsoft stumbles from one disaster to the next. This isn't Steve Balmer's fault, it is basically that for all the billions that "Micro$oft [sic]" has, they aren't enough (even with USAir helping) to completely remove the Sherman Anti-trust act.

While microsoft was able to get the US Court of Appleals to deny any remedy for Microsofts monopolistic anti-competive practice (by pointing at the judge and claiming how judgemental he was after hearing all the evidence*), they still have the "convicted anti-competivie monopolist" sign hanging around their necks.

Bill Gates said when they were working with IBM (presumably during the OS/2 project) that if they ever get like IBM (require a lawyer present during any meeting) that the company might as well be dead. Once they lost twice (the whole reason that they had the "oh so judgemental judge" was that they shopped around for a new one after the old judge wouldn't let them get away with it after hearing all the evidence the first time around) the writing was on the wall that Microsofts old practices of "monopolize and bundle (at least until your competition is dead)" and "embrace, extend, extinguish" weren't going to be so potent (or obvious). The entire Microsoft business plan for new busines was dead, but since Windows and Office made so much money, who cared? Bill went off to shove windows down the throats of all school systems, then discovered that malaria hadn't been cured and has been doing good ever since.

Ballmer isn't the problem with Microsoft. Microsoft is the problem with Microsoft. Maybe they can reinvent themselves, but at least one decade after Gates left, all I've seen is the eternal momentum of Windows and Office, with fits and starts as window dressing to make themselves look like a tech company. Personally, had any of you been around when microsoft was shoving kludge down the throats of everybody with a computer while strangling absolutley every other system, good or bad I doubt you would be cheering on Microsoft. Just let them keep Windows and Office (and maybe whatever the heck they think they are doing with Xbox). It seems to work. The other stuff, not so much.

* really, look it up. That's exactly what happened.

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Trooper_One

Maybe Ballmer can hire the same marketing company for the RT so that he can convince the shareholders that MS will still make a profit from one disaster to another.

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yammerpickle2

Really what will it take before the MS board finally throws Ballmer out? I mean anybody with a tech background could tell you the surface RT two years late to market, way overpriced, and with it's incompatible operating system was going to flop. Ballmer can have his marketing team come up with all sorts of fancy hype, but it is still just hype, and if Ballmer is silly enough to buy into his own hype, and shuck it to investors he deserves to get slapped. Did MS write down Ballmer's compensation for his latest 900 million dollar mistake? This is just one in a series of mistakes he keeps making, and the board just keeps letting him get away with them.

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Granite

@Rift2: Let me get you straight...you are blaming MS for your Walmart job woes?? LOL!!

@T-man0717: You don't know much about how investing works, eh? MS doesn't have to listen to its investors...it only has to convince them that it is going to make money. In fact, I've seen nothing in this article that indicates that the investors are pissed because MS didn't listen to them. No...they are pissed because they believe MS lied to them...misled them.

Personally, I think it will be hard for the plaintiffs to prove their case. It's more likely MS will settle out of court.

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T-man0717

In all honesty, my wording wasn't accurate, but that's because it was intended to be a joke :)

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GenMasterB

Thank you Mr. Ballmer for your reply.. Try not to be so pissy to your customers next time.

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Granite

You should really confine yourself to the topic. You wouldn't look like so much of a fool.

This article isn't about customers...it's about investors.

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Rift2

I hope Ballmer writes a good book on himself and Microsoft after he leaves.

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Granite

He probably will. And, hey...he won't have to work at Walmart, either.

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Engelsstaub

A lot of people are unemployed or under-employed. Are you really making fun of someone for trying to earn a living? Human beings are not valued by their occupation. ...at least not by semi-mature people; even those of us who actually have something to brag about.

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Granite

@ Engelsstaub:

I'm not making fun of someone for trying to earn a live...not at all.

I'm making fun of a guy who would blame his employment problems at Walmart on something MS did.

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DeltaFIVEengineer

Exactly. I don't know what kind of person it takes to look down on someone else who is actually trying to work to provide for themselves and their family but it's definitely not the type of person I'd want to associate with. Try showing some respect and empathy for your fellow man sometime. I promise it won't hurt.

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Rift2

Yeah we get these off the truck at walmart if we miss one expensive item it could cost us our job. So I went to 3rd shift such BS.
Thanks Microsoft

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T-man0717

Not only do they not listen to consumers, now we know Micro$oft doesn't listen to investors either!

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Rift2

Apple is the exact same way their over inflated stock is going to sink someday. As soon as China clears out another landfill.