Originally Posted by icoco3
Eventually, the captain of a sinking ship gets thrown overboard. He will be fine in retirement unlike hundreds of thousands of windows users.
Because you think that Windows users who retire without enough income are in that position because of Microsoft? That's an absurd comment.
Microsoft has certainly failed at many things, but I'm not sure that different leadership, including Bill Gates himself, would have made much difference. And before we all jump on the "Ballmer's an idiot" bandwagon, note that Apple might find itself in a similar position in five years (although I can't imagine any head of Apple behaving as obnoxiously as Ballmer has). When companies grow too large, they are not able to respond as quickly as smaller, more nimble companies. There's more bureaucracy and the risks are greater. I think we've already seen that at Apple as both hardware and OS updates have become incremental. Each year gets a slightly better processor in a slightly thinner box and a few more features are thrown into the OS, many of which won't be used by the vast majority of users and some in which many users, including many on this site, wish Apple hadn't changed, but since the release of the iPad, we're not seeing anything that changes markets. And somehow, I don't think an iWatch is going to revolutionize much of anything.
As far as the current supposed reorg of Microsoft is concerned, a senior exec once said to me that there's only two things CEOs really do: they either centralize or they decentralize. So right now, Microsoft is centralizing to get rid of the "islands". The next CEO might choose to decentralize again so that each unit can do what it does best and because there really isn't any synergy anyway. And while Windows 8 has not been accepted in the marketplace, while there's lots to hate about it, there's also lots to like. I think for the first time in Microsoft's history, they've taken a fairly decent approach to graphic design and use of fonts. I was actually pretty surprised.
As far as Ballmer is concerned, if he really wants to run a company, he can start a new one: he certainly has the cash to do so and he can probably find backers if he didn't want to use his own money. He'll probably fail at it, but he can keep himself busy.