Is Steve Ballmer (finally) kicking ass at Microsoft?
Ozzie, Elop, Bach - jump or push time
Radio Reg To lose one business president might be regarded as a misfortune, but to lose two plus your chief software architect looks like rats jumping the ship.
Or does it?
Microsoft chief vision man Ray Ozzie is retiring from Microsoft after just five years. Ozzie was a big hire in 2005, and a year later, he was billed as the new Bill Gates. His resignation follows that of information and devices president Robbie Bach this summer, and it comes just weeks after Office and business applications president Stephen Elop exited Microsoft to become Nokia chief.
Is this the last days of Microsoft, or is a radical piece of house cleaning by CEO Steve Ballmer? In this edition of MicroBite, Reg software editor Gavin Clarke and All-About-Microsoft blogger Mary-Jo Foley ask who might have jumped and who could have been pushed.
Also: Microsoft and carriers orchestrated an international launch this month for Windows Phone 7, but there's still so many unknowns on price, features, and architecture. Also, it's still unclear when many of the promised handsets will actually appear on major networks like AT&T and T-Mobile. Is it too little too late for Microsoft on mobile and Windows Phone 7?
And, lastly: Will Microsoft buy Adobe as Wall St and the New York Times seemed to think, or will the pair simply team up to mess with Steve Jobs' head on tablets and phones?
Does anyone really care what Microsoft do anymore?
Re: 2010 as the year the downfall began
2000 more like. Microsoft's profits are built on DOS, Windows, NT and Office. They've all seen bugger all development in this century, apart from endless re-skinning, Web-2-ifying and XML-ization.
Is CE (or its phone derivatives) making money? Has the Xbox stuff paid back all the subsidies from its initial launch yet? Is the server market gaining share against Linux? Nope, so that's nothing good to speak of for 10 years or more. Sounds like a decline to me.
Mind you, much the same could be said of IBM several decades ago and they are still in business. In fact, they probably still hold the record for the largest loss ever posted by a company that didn't subsequently go completely bust.
I don't think Ray Ozzie is retiring on his own.
He is a brilliant man and he outshines Steve Ballmer by a wide margin.
Personally I think Ray Ozzie was asked to leave.
I think Steve Ballmer feels threatened by him because Ray Ozzie is both brilliant and charismatic.
I read talk of the proposal by some key inverters for him to replace Steve Ballmer as CEO and Ballmer just isn't going to stand for that to happen.
Something like that would make it appear that Steve Ballmer is a failure.
Well, he is a failure but he is not going to admit it.