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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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By inighthawki on 3/5/2014 4:28:06 PM , Rating: 2
God you just never stop do you? Could you for once make a post that isn't just a bunch of random comments about how much you hate Microsoft? We get it already. You think their software is garbage.

Everyone else: Please stop encouraging him.


By amanojaku on 3/5/2014 5:26:05 PM , Rating: 4
You are so right. Read Argon's response to another of my posts:
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By Argon18 on 3/5/2014 4:58:05 PM , Rating: 2

"Since Linux predominantly ran on servers, the kernel was adjusted to support PAE." [amanojaku]

What a bizarre statement to make. The same Linux kernel that runs an email server is also running your Android phone, and also running the most powerful supercomputers on earth. It's the same kernel, same code.

If someone came out with a super smartphone right now today that had 64 CPU cores a 1 Terabyte of RAM and a 4k display, Linux and Android would work on it perfectly. Right now today. No modifications required. Nobody else can make that claim. Certainly not Microsoft with their dinky Windoze Mobile and RT tinker toys.
I'm gonna ignore how he sidestepped my proof that 32-bit Linux suffered from the 3GiB memory barrier before PAE was enabled.... No, no, I can't.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MMIO
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI_hole
http://techfiles.de/dmelanchthon/files/memory_hole...

And...

The same Linux kernel code runs unmodified on supercomputers, email servers, and smartphones?

Linux can run on a smartphone without modification ??

Android can run on any device that has 64 cores, 1TiB of RAM, and a 4K display without modification ???


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