NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It seems absurd to call Steve Ballmer, the billionaire CEO of Microsoft , a failure. However, as billionaire CEOs go, it's not all that crazy. Here's a guy who gets a free pass from the media as well as shareholders. He never gets asked the tough questions. He rarely puts himself in a position to get asked the tough questions. The Microsoft board...
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Microsoft’s admission last week that it would need to make changes to its Windows 8 operating system to address a steeper-than-expected user learning curve has sparked two very different reactions from media and analysts. On the one side, Microsoft’s backtracking on Windows 8 is seen as a sign of humiliating defeat that could even point the way toward CEO Steve Ballmer’s...
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer says he's happy with his company's new line of Surface tablets and the family of Windows 8 operating systems. In a question-and-answer session with the MIT Technology Review, Ballmer says that, despite less-than-stellar early sales numbers, he's "super-glad they did Surface." The CEO added that that the newly integrated...
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Bill Gates is feeling some regret about Microsoft's mobile strategy. In an interview with CBS, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Microsoft "didn't miss cellphones," but he recognized that the company hasn't been able to secure the top spot in the mobile market. The inability to secure an early lead (in contrast to, say, Apple) was "clearly a mistake," Gates said. Gates...
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Windows 8, the most significant upgrade to Microsoft's operating system since Windows 95 and one of the most important products in the company's history, will not achieve enough adoption in enterprises to be considered a standard, according to Forrester Research. By the time the next major Windows upgrade is released, Windows 8 will be in less than 50 percent of workplace...
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A hostile reception to Microsoft's Windows 8, heralded as the start of "a new era" for the technology empire, has prompted questions about chief executive Steve Ballmer's future.
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Microsoft shared more details about Windows "Blue" today. Speaking at the JP Morgan Technology, Media, and Telecom conference in Boston this morning, Tami Reller, CMO and CFO of Microsoft's Windows Division revealed that Windows 8.1 (the official name of Windows "Blue") will be available later this year as a free update through the Windows Store. The scope and purpose of...
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When Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer first revealed his software for the touchscreen world in February 2012, he said he was "betting the company" on it. There were "no compromises" made in replacing the time-honoured desktop with Windows 8's colourful tile-based interface, Ballmer insisted. But just six months after the official release, Microsoft – which relies on Windows...
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Perhaps the best answer to the question posed to Bernanke moments ago whether US unemployment is structural or cyclical comes courtesy of Microsoft, which announced earlier that it was set to hire "several thousand" workers.Sadly, the catch is that the hires will be in China. From BusinessWeek: Microsoft the largest software maker, will hire several thousand workers in China...
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Once upon a time, windows were holes in the wall fitted with panes of glass. Then Bill Gates and his engineers at Microsoft came along and changed everything. Now, under the leadership of Steve Ballmer, we might be on our way back to simpler times.
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