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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 themaster08 on 3/5/2014 4:30:40 PM , Rating: 2
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.

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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