Feeds

MS dilettante research head ousted in Ballmer purge

Does this herald a clear-out of Microsoft management?

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Mobile application security vulnerability report

Nathan Myhrvold, Microsoft's CTO and head of Research, has been booted out of Microsoft on sabbatical, of indeterminate length, according to a report in Time magazine dated 7 June. The report says that President Steve Ballmer was behind the move, which resulted from his spending more than half his time out of the office pursuing his hobbies of palaeontology, gourmet cooking, and car racing. We have commented in December (Story) on the under-achievement of Microsoft's research department, but it's taken nearly six months for Ballmer to catch up on his Register reading, it seems. Cameron Myhrvold is Nathan's brother, and was a controversial witness in the trial. We shouldn't feel too sorry for Nathan however, and there's no need to take up a collection, because he cashed in $160 million of Microsoft shares last November, and probably has more stashed away. What this does mean is that Ballmer is prepared to be a bully boy inside Microsoft as well as outside. Nevertheless, it will prove increasingly difficult for Ballmer to motivate senior Microsoft executives who do not need to work. Those that do carry on are likely to become burnt out, not from innovation of course, but from covering their tracks and journeying to secret "drops" to leave messages, rather than using email or telephones, lest electronic surveillance catches them out again. ®

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.