“We don’t have our heads in the sand,” outgoing CEO tells the financial community
As we reported earlier today, outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on Thursday accused Google of being a monopoly and even admitted to having “discussed” the matter with competition authorities. But that wasn’t the only newsworthy bit to come out of Thursday’s event — Microsoft’s annual meeting with the financial community.
There was a time not all that long ago that when you heard the word "monopoly" being used in tech circles, it was often directed at Microsoft. Some would still argue that Microsoft is a monopoly, but underscoring the changing of the guard as the market transitions to mobile, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer tossed the "m" word at Google during an annual meeting with financial analysts.
Ballmer's Retirement, Nvidia Shield, and Netgear takes Asus to Court.
It’s time for episode #210 of the No BS Podcast, and this time we kicked things off by discussing Steve Ballmer's retirement as the CEO of Microsoft. Next Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang shares his hands-on experience with Nvidia's Sheild, and we discuss the lawsuit between Netgear and Asus while pondering if we could ever quit the Internet. To wrap things up we handled some reader questions, and each editor delivered his or her editor's picks.
Microsoft needs a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), that much we know. What we don't know is who will take the baton from Steve Ballmer and run with it. Having announced his retirement, the search is on for a replacement to be named within the next 12 months, and one of the names being tossed about is Bill Gates. Might he actually make a comeback and give this thing another go?
Windows ME and Windows Vista are arguably the two most forgettable versions of Windows ever to be released. That's not just public opinion, at least as it pertains to the latter, which happens to be Steve Ballmer's biggest regret during his time served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microsoft. Now that he's announced his impending retirement, he can talk a bit more candidly about his track record.
After more than a decade at the helm of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced that he is stepping down from his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) within the next 12 months, and possibly sooner depending on how quickly he and a special committee appointed by the board can find a successor. Until then, he will continue to serve in his position as Microsoft transforms into a devices and services company, the Redmond outfit announced today.
Failed Surface RT strategy costing Microsoft millions of dollars
Remember when Acer tried to warn Microsoft to steer clear of competing in the hardware market, telling the Redmond outfit that the hardware business is like "hard rice" and "is not so easy to eat?" Well, Microsoft should have listened. That's easy to say on hindsight, but it's not as if Microsoft's strategy wasn't fraught with criticism from the get-go. Having ignored the advice of Acer and other hardware partners who weren't stoked about Surface, Microsoft is now paying the price.
Microsoft embarking on ambitious realignment effort
In a long-winded open email to employees, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer talked at length about the company's "far-reaching realignment" strategy that has been rumored in the media for about the past week. Though he goes on and on (and on...), the underlying message is that Microsoft is ready to rally behind a single strategy as one company as opposed to a collection of divisional strategies. It's a streamlining of its operations, if you will.
Don Mattrick is out as Microsoft's President of Interactive Entertainment, and instead is headed to Zynga where he'll serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of a social game maker in desperate need of guidance. That's all well and good for Zynga, but where does that leave Microsoft and its upcoming Xbox One launch? Squarely in the hands of Steve Ballmer, that's where, as confirmed by an open email from Ballmer to all of Microsoft's employees.
Job security is tough to come by these days, even if you're a high-level manager at Microsoft. Check that -- especially if you're a high-level manager at Microsoft. That wouldn't normally be the case, but as the market transitions to mobile, it's being reported that company CEO Steve Ballmer is in the midst of a major restructuring effort, details of which he's hammering out with a small group of confidants and board members.