Marvin wrote: »
Why wasn't this expanded on:
"The CEO who gave us the Monkey Boy dance is reported to have jumped about the stage to Michael Jackson’s Wanna be startin’ somethin’ – the song he played at that fateful 1983 meeting – while screaming “the sound of Microsoft!”
Reports talk of tears streaming down Steve's face as he gave his final speech.
Ballmer closed on (I’ve had) the time of my life from Dirty Dancing, continuing to dance and run around the stage. Employees were shaking hands with Ballmer and screaming “we love you” through the routine, we're so reliably informed."
Someone get the video!
Perhaps he's suggesting that with him leaving, Microsoft will now have unlimited potential.
This is rapidly devolving to one of those classic "XKCD" comics, where the protagonist can't step away from the computer, because "someone is WRONG on the Internet!"
You got that much right.
Corollary - We don't have to bash other companies just because we like Apple.
cpsro wrote: »
"Doing more," is for sure!
Virus scans, disk defrags, annual clean re-installs, high upgrade fees, weird products (hello, RT), axed products, endless configuration.
What more could customers want?
Breaking: Steve Ballmer to team up with Scott Forstall and create third computer company to take on Apple. The Ball-Stall Conglomerate plans to have its first machine out when it feels like it.
PLEASE DON'T GO! Ballmer can lead MS down a slow death spiral. He's the John Sculley of MS.
Thats what you get from a piss poor looser. He has basically singlehandedly made microsoft irrelevant. And hes walking away with millions for doing it.
Look past the condescending, misguided metaphor of "fashionable" and there is some truth to what he is saying. But you have to have the intellectual curiosity and wherewithal to look past your own biased filter, too.
Jony Ive says something like, "when something is simple and well designed, it becomes beautiful by default" (heavily paraphrased, sorry).
If that kind of beautiful is what Ballmer means by "fashionable", then I'm a permanent customer of fashion.
MS should be striving to be ALL the things their competitors are, and more. They should be trying to create "fashionable" products (aka design so excellent that is naturally beautiful AND desirable as a result), high-quality products that are ALSO affordable and a good value, truly smart products that extend and enhance knowledge (making knowledge accessible at the flick of a finger)…
In fact, the products that accomplish those things ARE the most enabling, letting us just get things done. "Doing things"… yes, Stevie, except, you need the first three to accomplish the last in today's market.
Him not seeing that, it's easy to see why his time is up.
Bye bye Ballmer.
Even Valve is making their own OS these days, OS software is becoming commoditized. MS should go back to their roots as an app company.
They have missed such an opportunity to dominate with Office on the iPad. And games are hugely popular on these new devices, they should make more games, they've done some great games in the past.
Clearly the strategy of make your own hardware is not working out for them, it's just not in their corporate DNA, but software writing is!
They have missed such an opportunity to dominate with Office on the iPad.
And Apple is squandering their chance to make iWork the Office of the next decade or more…
slang4art wrote: »
Its likely too late for the successor to do much of a dent in the smartphone and tablet markets, how many times will they revamp Windows? And when they are done, where will the competition be?
Steve Jobs turned Apple around, with iMacs, with iPod, Apple stores, virtual online stores, with great strategy, with great people. MS wasn't decelerating when Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007, and then iPad a year later, in fact MS was a top player in the smartphone OS market back then.
Yes, they really need to put more effort in to that product. Regular updates would be a nice start.