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Former CEO Steve Ballmer threw a fit until he got his acquisition

Microsoft and Nokia have had a close relationship over the years, where Microsoft provided the Windows Phone software and Nokia made the hardware. But when former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wanted his company to become a hardware maker, many top executives disagreed with such a move -- including current CEO Satya Nadella
 
According to Bloomberg, Ballmer was set on getting his way when it came to the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division last year, despite opposition from top-ranking execs in the company. Ballmer reportedly threw a fit that everyone could hear last year when he learned of their opposition. 
 
Microsoft co-founder and current Technology Advisor Bill Gates along with Nadella and former Skype CEO in charge of Microsoft's business development Tony Bates all initially opposed Microsoft's move into hardware, as well as the idea of an expensive Nokia acquisition.
 
The board didn't back Ballmer's plan to acquire two Nokia units at the time, but after Ballmer's hissy fit in June 2013, the board signed off on a $7.2 billion USD purchase of Nokia’s mobile phone business. Nadella had also reportedly changed his mind about the Nokia acquisition, saying it was a good idea after all.
 
“Nokia brings mobile-first depth across hardware, software, design, global supply chain expertise and deep understanding and connections across the mobile market,” said Nadella. “This is the right move for Microsoft.”

Bates, on the other hand, remained strongly opposed. Earlier this week, it was announced that he is leaving the company immediately, which could be a result of being passed up for CEO earlier this year. There could also be internal frustrations with his opposition of Microsoft's move toward hardware. 
 
But Microsoft team members had a right to worry about the company's future in hardware, as the past has been quite telling. For instance, Microsoft's first homemade tablet called Surface was largely a flop at launch in October 2012. Windows RT was seen as a half-baked Windows product that didn't run legacy apps, and the Windows 8 Pro version was much too expensive for the typical consumer, and Windows 8 in general created a storm among users who just wanted their Start button back and the live tiles on their desktops to go away. 
 
In July 2013, Microsoft reported the largest earnings miss in at least a decade and took an unexpected $900 million charge due to the Surface flop. 
 
Ballmer announced that he would be retiring as Microsoft's CEO within a year last August, and Nadella was named CEO in January. 
 
Nadella is currently shaking up the executive ranks and unraveling certain parts of Ballmer's restructuring process.

Source: Bloomberg



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RE: funny
By Argon18 on 3/5/2014 3:39:51 PM , Rating: -1
Wow amanojaku, you're both a fraud and an ass holio in one! Let me guess, you're a teenager working telephone tech support in your first minimum wage IT job? Am I right? You knowledge level certainly lends credibility to this theory, hmmm.

I'll break it down for your feeble little mind:

1. I haven't used a Microsoft product in 20 years on a daily basis. I have used XP, Vista, Seven, Office, etc. on occasion, so I'm familiar with their capabilities and deficiencies (of which there are many).

2. Linux did not have any such 3.2 GB memory limitation on 32 bit. Period. Ever. Ever heard of intel PAE? Do a little homework you dunce amanojaku! Linux kernel supports PAE by default on all 32 bit kernels, and always has. Microsoft purposely crippled their 32 bit desktop OS's by artificially disabling PAE support.

3. Linux and other open source OS's are far far far more secure than any trash from Redmond. The vast majority of Linux and BSD vulnerabilities are privilege escalation. I doubt you understand what that means, but I'll explain it. It means existing users who already have an account on the system can gain additional rights.

Microsoft Crapware on the other hand, the majority of security flaws are total root exploits. In Wintard terminology "an unauthenticated remote attacker" can completely take over the machine. This is a far more serious exploit, and one that is exceedingly rare in the world of Linux and Unix.


RE: funny
By themaster08 on 3/5/2014 4:09:46 PM , Rating: 5
quote:
Linux and other open source OS's are far far far more secure than any trash from Redmond. The vast majority of Linux and BSD vulnerabilities are privilege escalation. I doubt you understand what that means, but I'll explain it. It means existing users who already have an account on the system can gain additional rights.


http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/03/critical-c...


RE: funny
By inighthawki on 3/5/2014 4:35:45 PM , Rating: 5
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Microsoft purposely crippled their 32 bit desktop OS's by artificially disabling PAE support.

PAE support is not enabled on client versions of Windows because it requires drivers to know about it. Due to the vastness of the Windows ecosystem, this is not really viable.

Other versions of Windows have had support for PAE for a long time. Linux didn't have PAE enabled by default until 2009, at which point why aren't you just on 64-bit?


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