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Steve Ballmer
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 themaster08 on 3/5/2014 3:47:46 PM , Rating: 2
He's fooling no one other than himself.

He needs to constantly criticize anything that Microsoft does because of his own inability to properly administer Windows servers, bragging that none of the 127 servers he administers run Windows.

No one cares, Argon.


RE: funny
By retrospooty on 3/5/2014 3:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, he also places alot more importance on those non-widows servers than reality dictates. "Well, I don't admin them at my company, so the world doesn't need it" Sorry Argon, the whole business world primarily runs off MS software. No-one has ever done what MS has done and no-one else has even tried. They are without a doubt the single most important software company on Earth by a HUGE margin with no one in second place.


RE: funny
By Argon18 on 3/5/14, Rating: -1
RE: funny
By retrospooty on 3/5/2014 4:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
"Mr Ballmer? Is that you?"

Far from it. I call MS on thier crap, and I know you have been involved in some of those threads as well so you have seen me. Xbox, Win8, Kin, etc. Alot of rediculously bad moves, but you just hate to hate and ignore all the good MS has done, and as you can see by this threaad everyone sees that and calls you on it.


"Sorry, but the world does not run on Windows, not even close"


Actually it does. Naming a few things on a few companies is fine and all but it doesn't change the fact that the whole world runs off Windows, Windows servers, exchange, Office etc... When I say the whole world runs of Microsoft I'm not speaking literally of course. What that means is that the majority of business does run off of Microsoft in one form or another every company uses them. They are by far the dominant force in the enterprise market as well as the PC market. No one has ever done what they do. Of course there are other parties running Linux, Unix, Sun, Oracle and IBM mainframes too, a lot of companies use them but it's only part of the picture. Microsoft is the only one that does the whole package, and they are firmly entrenched in that.

(a re-post, but if its not sincing in, then you need to be re-educated). Let me put it another way... If hypothetically, a single company were to close its doors and disable all of their products like Apple, Oracle, Google, Sun micro, UNIX, any (or all) Linux house, SAP, or any the number of other companies. If one of them we're too close their doors and suddenly deactivated all products, life will go on on... Some companies that depended on the software would stumble and have to figure out another solution, some would lose money for it. Some might even go out of business... But if MS were to close up and all products deactivated, the entire world's economy would come to a grinding halt. It would literally be the end of the world as we know it. No other company can say that. Dont forget, every iDevice, Mac, Android phone and pretty much every other major product on earth is made in factories that run their businesses of MS PC's. Every planning, purchasing, inbound logistics, warehousing, shop floor, shipping, accounting, reverse logistics, CRM software etc etc... It all runs on MS software.

Almost every product we produce and purchase relies on it. Google doesn't, but Google doesn't make physical products, they are a software company . If Windows disappeared suddenly, you wouldn't have a job because the people that pay you wouldn't have a job, becasue the people that pay them wouldnt have a job. It wouldn't matter if you did have a job or saved money, because there would be no food in the grocery stores. It would be total anarchy. Yes, sorry my friend, the whole world relies on Windows and its 1000x more complex than just "spreadsheets".


RE: funny
By Argon18 on 3/5/14, Rating: 0
RE: funny
By retrospooty on 3/5/2014 4:59:23 PM , Rating: 2
"Yes true, I give you credit for this. I've seen you make some rational arguments here, and I can respect that."

Thank you. But is it only rational when I call an MS terd a terd (like the Win8, Xbox One, Surface, Kin terds)? When I am not railing against MS, is it irrational?

"Microsoft is a niche player that only does front-office business apps and OS. MS Office, Exchange, and Sharepoint"

First off, that alone is huge, second, you are missing SQL, and "MS Windows servers" in general, Hyper V and all that goes with it... Not to mention a little known product called "Windows" that all users use to access all of these systems, and even most end users accessing the systems you mentioned that aren't MS. You aren't just massively underestimating the impact, you are totally ignoring cold hard facts on some sort of mission to minimize 30 years of MS's often (but not always) solid efforts.

"The level of effort involved in switching a desktop user from XP to Win Eight, isn't much different from switching them from XP to Mac OS or to an enterprise desktop Linux distro. If Microsoft disappeared tomorrow, corporations would do exactly that."

Your complete lack of knowledge is showing here (either that or you are just trolling). No, you are totally wrong 100%. If Windows disappeared suddenly, you wouldn't have a job because the people that pay you wouldn't have a job, because the people that pay them wouldn't have a job. It wouldn't matter if you did have a job or saved money, because there would be no food in the grocery stores. Money wouldn't move and the entire worlds economy would crash. Fortunately that cant happen, but MS is the only company that can make that hypothetical claim. Every other software company, Google included is childs play. MS IS the business world, whther you like it or not.


RE: funny
By nikon133 on 3/5/2014 9:54:41 PM , Rating: 2
From what I can find, Linux does well in "publicly accessible servers, such as web servers, mail servers or DNS servers on the Internet", with 33% (against Microsoft's 35%). Around 30% is unknown, and rest is Unix, BSD...

But based on server hardware sales, as provided by hardware manufacturers, MS was still on 46% vs. Linux 20%, as of beginning of 2013... a year ago. Not as dominant as on desktops/laptops, but dominant for sure.


RE: funny
By ppi on 3/5/2014 6:58:31 PM , Rating: 2
The trick is that ultimately the big companies management makes decisions (including operational ones) based on information prepared in ... guess what, MS products (Excel, PowerPoint).

This of course would not happen as MS can't turn off the locally installed software. Which is the point - the lock-in in the MS products is rarely so tight, that you do not have an escape route.

Linux/UNIX is good for situations, when you can afford to pay quality IT dept. Which is exaclty the big stuff you mention.


RE: funny
By themaster08 on 3/5/2014 4:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Amazon, Ebay, Netflix, Facebook, Google , etc. all run their business on Linux. The biggest of the big. Millions of servers in total, all running Linux, all the core of their business. Only the handful of front office pee-cee's that the bean-counters and secretaries sit at run Windows.
All of which produce intangible products, or are in direct competition with Microsoft.

Their licensing fees would be astronomical, and since they are primarily software/digital services companies, they develop their own infrastructure loosely based on Linux.

It has nothing to do with the capabilities of Microsoft's products.

I guess there must be a hell of a lot of bean counters, since Microsoft takes the lion's share of the profits.

Funny also how Microsoft's Windows Server business is a multi-billion dollar business alone. It must be because no one uses it.

quote:
Critical infrastructure like traffic lights, draw bridges, locomotives, cargo ships, all these run embedded UNIX like QNX, VxWorks, and Linux.
POS terminals, tourist information terminals, ATM machines, industrial printers, manufacturing systems, healthcase terminals and servers, handheld scanners, and many more.

Sorry, but the world really does run on Windows, whether you want to continue to deny that or not is your problem.


RE: funny
By Argon18 on 3/5/14, Rating: 0
RE: funny
By themaster08 on 3/5/2014 5:01:18 PM , Rating: 2
It was one example, not a best example, and not an example of a critical application. It was an example of an industrial application that Windows is well suited. Don't be an idiot about it, finding cherry picked arguments.

You know that there are many mission critical applications that run Windows, ranging from car manufacturing to cruise ships.

More than likely, many of the things you own came from a production line run on Windows.


RE: funny
By Reclaimer77 on 3/6/2014 7:52:31 AM , Rating: 2
Argon I admire your passion - I guess - but you are just using a bunch of rhetoric here and coming off looking silly.

Nobody is going to debate you that Linux/Unix is king of mission-critical and special use deployments. Well, I'm certainly not.

But for you to focus exclusively on that, and ignore it's obvious shortcomings in a desktop environment, reeks of bias and dishonesty.

If it can run a nuclear power plant but can't play the game someone wants to play, or be user friendly, then I don't see how most people should give a damn about how superior you think it is.

p.s memory limitations on 32bit, who cares? It's been a long time since we've used a 32bit desktop CPU...


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