Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer would like a 'redo' for company's phone efforts ( NeoWin 2014-03-04 )
Ballmer indicated he might want to use a time machine to go back and make some different decisions.
In his first public appearance since leaving the CEO gig, Ballmer told a group of students at Oxford's Said Business School that he had a few regrets while he was leader at Microsoft.
"If you look at things in the last 10 years, it's probably fair to say there are things that did not go as well as we intended them to," he said. "We would have a stronger position in the phone market today, for example, if I could redo last the 10 years."
I predict we're gonna see those billboards along our highways soon with Ballmer's fat head and the caption: "You miss me yet!". The NeoKid article author actually says this: "Ballmer made the decision to ditch the older Windows Mobile operating system for Windows Phone in 2010, which has been far more successful for Microsoft." Say what? There's that living in the bubble again. Best comment has to be: "Ballmer is the OJ Simpson of the tech world, an almost heroic past until he murdered windows." :
Gates, Nadella, Bates reportedly opposed Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia smartphone unit at first ( NeoWin 2014-03-05 )
Steve Ballmer shouted at board members and threatened to resign over Nokia deal ( TechSpot 2014-03-06 )
Last year, Ballmer proposed the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services unit. The board was not only reluctant to move into hardware, they also found the deal quite expensive. Despite of the opposition from many top executives, he wanted to have his way, and tried hard for it. At a board meeting held in June, he even shouted and threatened to resign. He was so loud that his shouts could be heard outside the conference room.
Later, he got most of what he wanted, when the board agreed to a $7.2 billion purchase of Nokias mobile phone business. Although he was deeply hurt that Gates didn't back him. Bloomberg's sources claim the directors were frustrated by Ballmer's tendency to talk more than listen, and his reaction to the pushback on Nokia was for some the last straw.
Ballmer had also appointed Penn and Tami Reller as joint in charge of marketing aspects, a move that didn't go down well with Reller, who later asked Ballmer to choose between them. Reller is now leaving Microsoft, and will be replaced by Chris Capossela.
Penn and Reller! Crazy! You couldn't write this stuff. I imagine a lot of Nokia fans around the world really wish they refused him and Ballmer had walked. Microsoft would have more cash in the bank and Nokia would still be alive, albeit selling both WP and Android, but alive nonetheless.
Microsoft reportedly searching for ad agency for new broad marketing strategy ( NeoWin 2014-03-10 )
Microsoft has released its fair share of ad campaigns in the last few years, from the dancers in the first Surface TV commercials to the most recent "Honestly" series. Now the company is reportedly launching an overhaul of its marketing strategy, and that also means it is taking proposals and bids from ad agencies, all of whom would love to have a piece of Microsoft's large marketing budget.
Well we sure identified that dance thing before anybody else didn't we? The fanboys still can't understand that one though. Still, they promote Mark Penn and then fire the advertisers? That's the plan?
Microsoft adds ValueAct Capital president Mason Morfit to its board of directors ( NeoWin 2014-03-12 )
Microsoft continues to make major changes in both its executive team and its board of directors. Today, the company announced that ValueAct Capital president Mason Morfit has been added as a member of its board, increasing the number of members to 11.
Today's announcement was expected as ValueAct bought a $2 billion stake in Microsoft about a year ago, with rumors that the investment firm wanted to stir the pot in order to make some changes at the company. Since then, Microsoft announced a major reorganization, followed by the resignation announcement of its CEO Steve Ballmer. In September, Microsoft officially invited Morfit to join the board.
Dear fanboys ... run along and put some ice on it before it swells.
Interview: We chat with VideoLAN's President about the future of the Windows 8 VLC app ( NeoWin 2014-03-12 )
Has Microsoft offered any extra development support for the VLC app?
Once again, mixed feelings. Some people of Microsoft have been AMAZINGLY helpful and supportive, mostly engineers. I'm not sure I'm allowed to name them, though... But, at the same time, managers, and notably Microsoft France, have promised a lot of help and did not give anything, not even one surface RT... We've been bounced through Microsoft divisions, hopelessly... There is a very notable exception, from Microsoft Canada! that helped us in numerous ways!
Dysfunction within Microsoft, one of their worst kept secrets. Lumbering along like a brontosaurus just waiting for that asteroid. Any time now.