June 30th, 2011
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New York (CNN) – Can an old dog learn new tricks?  That is the question facing tech giant Microsoft.

Once a must-have growth stock, Microsoft shares have been stuck in the mid $20 range.  While Apple has surged 391% in the past five years and Google has risen 28%, Microsoft shares are down 8%.

I caught up with Steve Ballmer at the launch of Office 365, the cloud version of its popular software package and a product the company hopes will dispel the image that they are trapped in the past.

He acknowledged the company suffers from a perception problem.  “It is hard to understand.  Half of the world’s inboxes are on Hotmail.  We have maybe 50, 100% more customers than Gmail.  We are not newbies.

"A lot of it has to do that because we grew up with on premise software.  The other guys don’t do software, they just do service.  We still have a software customers that want to run their own stuff.”

For now.  Ballmer said he expects that over the next several years the majority of Microsoft customers will migrate to Office 365.

If true, that would change Microsoft from a software company to more of a service company - a major cultural shift.

“It is a different business model.  We have embraced it,” said Ballmer.

Investors are hopeful.  Microsoft’s stock rallied ahead of the launch, putting in its best performance in months.  During the launch Microsoft indicated Skype would be a part of Office 365, regulatory approval pending.  We’ll see if this is enough to silence the critics who have been calling for Ballmer’s ouster. (I asked him about that in our interview: He wasn’t too thrilled with the question).

As always Ballmer was an enthusiastic pitchman.  But the company is as controlling and paranoid with these launches as they were back in the dark days of their anti-trust problems.  Back then the legal stakes were high and I could sort of understand the jitters.  I do not understand it now.  Why they are so loath to field questions about their basic business strategy?  It seems like the same old Microsoft.  Which makes me just a little worried.

What do you think?  Does Microsoft have its mojo back?  Can it compete with Google and Apple?  Is it time for Ballmer to go?

Let us know what you think and share your Microsoft experience with us.



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  1. Rafi

    Microsoft was always a company that did much to destroy the world of computing. They are irrelevant and it's high time they disappear. Balmer or not, when exactly did they offer us an innovative product? Without their control of the PC market they would have been gone ages ago.

    June 30, 2011 at 1:24 am |
  2. Tired of MS

    Frankly, I'm tired of the stupid products that MS has been putting forward and it would be a refreshing change to live in a world where we aren't strangled to buy the next MS Office which is bigger, fatter, slower, buggier and harder in all to use, simply because of file format compatibility issues. Word 2003 did 99% of what I needed well, but the increasing use of the .odic format forced me to upgrade to the newer (and lousier) 2007 and on.

    Each new version of WIndows since XP has been nothing but smoke and mirrors, again making change for its own sake with no real value added. And getting fatter and slower and buggier and stupider.

    If MS is going the way of the dodo because of this, let it. The world of computing would be better off.

    Competition on an even plane can only be good for the consumer.

    Oh and I have since switched to a Mac. Safari is great.

    June 30, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  3. Tired of MS

    I meant ".docx" not ".odic". Mac's auto-correct scrambled it haha!

    June 30, 2011 at 1:35 am |
  4. same old different year

    Its time for Ballmer to leave...along with Kevin Turner. The stock is no where. Neither can explain the Skype purchase (esp at 8.5B overpriced) and not a part of strategy. The company has simply outgrown Steve and Kevin. Time to move on gentlemen!

    June 30, 2011 at 1:43 am |
  5. Ochyming

    M$ is like USA economy.
    Or better its embodies USA´s corporation malaise.

    – Quality is not important, market share and easy money (licensing) is king.

    What is M$ relevance?

    Market share regarding OS install base?
    M$ does almost nothing but makes money, like USA.

    June 30, 2011 at 1:57 am |
  6. korgri

    He still sounds a little crazy.

    June 30, 2011 at 3:09 am |
  7. Thomas

    If software is their model now, why do we see hundreds of companies creating applications to sit on top of thier platform? Don't fix what isn't broken. Ballmer is not the guy. He's a sqaure peg trying to fit into a round circle. He's not good for the shareholders. I suggest he take a back seat and get somebody in there that can make things move.

    June 30, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  8. Ben Lockett

    What do you think? OK
    Does Microsoft have its mojo back? Nope, they have moved from being leaders to slow followers
    Can it compete with Google and Apple? Nope, they are losing market share across the board. Redmond is the new Detroit Is it time for Ballmer to go? Yes, Yes, Yes. He's a bully, with no clue about how to run a technology company anymore.

    June 30, 2011 at 3:14 am |
  9. Sandra F

    CNN is generally considered a leader in news sources, but having a headline about a new gadget from Apple for days and showing line ups at stores and then reporting on bugs in Micrososoft or taking a poll whether the CEO should resign doesn't show a very balanced reporting approach. If it isn't a positive story about Apple, then the news on the other Tech giants is negative. Not sure CNN's credibility is where it used to be. Until the next headline of a line up at the Apple Store....... I think the debate should not be Google versus Apple versus Microsoft, but CNN's reporting style.

    June 30, 2011 at 3:33 am |
  10. andre

    Don't discount MSFT. They cover the full spectrum, from individual PCs to enterprise computing.
    A Cloud model for SaaS is the future and as long as the cloud user spends enought time on MSFT products, it represents a shift of revenue from one service to another. Ideally it should have a neutral ROI but if cloud computing takes off, MSFT is better positioned than HP, IBM, Teradata, EMC, and of course, the "sue them first, compete with tem later" Oracle.

    Businesses will be laggards in adopting a virtual public cloud model because of the inherent liabilities that a cloud provider must support. Given the failures of Amazon's cloud to guarantee 99.7 service uptime, no business in their right mind would rely on any cloud provider to run their business. On the other hand, business analytics on the cloud may just be the right approach and that is where MSFT can excel with their arsenal of tools.

    Give it a year and I believe that MSFT will graduate to a SaaS model with few hiccups..

    June 30, 2011 at 4:09 am |
  11. Silver

    Microsoft is not an innovative company, never has been. Bill Gates bought the original MS-DOS from some poor sod for $50,000 so he could flog the thing to IBM because IBM was equally so lame it could not come up with an operating system for its own creation, the original IBM PC. Microsoft is as lame as IBM when it comes to innovation. BTW, IBM no longer makes PCs and the IBM ThinkPad is now property of a Chinese company. And as someone else noted, Microsoft exists mainly because it owns market share... thanks to the brainless corporate MIS and IT people who sold their souls to Microsoft. Ditto for IBM. Microsoft has sat on and singlehandedly crippled the computer industry with its crappy, bug-ridden and hack-prone software for the last 30 years. We could have been much further ahead if Microsoft had not monopolized the personal computer operating system business. I also hope Microsoft is soon consigned to the dustbin of our sad history of computing.

    June 30, 2011 at 4:27 am |
  12. mickyblue

    they seem to be doing quite well in the video game market..

    June 30, 2011 at 4:49 am |
  13. Very self-convincing

    MS is in its own style, trying to believe it what they are saying.
    Go on guys, and you will reach nirvana someday.

    June 30, 2011 at 5:12 am |
  14. Ben Adrian

    It is strange that most MS bashers are using a MS OS software to post on this blog!
    How can you say MS is OUT when you are still using their software to read this site!

    MS has reached a point in its history that compares to Walmart, Shell, Toyota or other big corporations that even if they do "nothing" they will still make money.

    June 30, 2011 at 5:13 am |
  15. Jef

    Ah I miss the golden age of Microsoft when it's at Bill Gates hand, I know back those days Microsoft kinda monopolize, but Bill did a good job revolutionizing OS from command prompt DOS to the beautiful Windows 95 which no one able to beat at those days.

    And now since Bill left MS at the hand of Steve Ballmer, it deteriorate slowly, which concludes me to this quote "Never put a company at the hand of marketing guy". Why? Marketing guy only know how to market and boast their product and company (just like advertisement), but they don't know how to create such sophisticated technology and product in the first place.....

    June 30, 2011 at 5:49 am |
  16. tom henry

    I Love Microsoft or... did until Vista and the beginnings of Windows 7. I think version 7 is okay; not great. I liked XP Pro just fine. So do MANY folks to this day, Why did they change the gooie so much? Trying to give it that obnoxious 'bubble effect that Mac already is" that it literally turned off a number of my clients some older that did not want that drastic a change that the option to make windows 7 feel like they were used to with XP. The option to be able to put it into XP desktop mode should of remained an option. Having said that, they are missing the mark continously with phones, music players, Bing (WHAT A JOKE)... stop chasing the current favorites and get back to being the leader you once were under Mr Gates. If you want a Mac buy a Mac. Stop being a cheap imitation.
    If this were the show' Millionare' I would tell Mr Ballimer YOUR FIRED! and I would fire the next top 5 under him.
    GET THE FIRE BACK before you drown! The invention and leadership has left you at the curb.
    Want more ideas, contact me Microsoft!

    June 30, 2011 at 5:51 am |
  17. أبو إياس

    Linux, FreeBSD, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, C++, Java, MySQL, PHP, Python, Free Pascal, PostgreSQL, FireBird, and many more, are good alternatives for Microsoft solutions. Who needs Microsoft beside all that huge free and open source software?

    June 30, 2011 at 6:59 am |
  18. Satsing

    To get it, you have to have it to begin with.

    June 30, 2011 at 7:16 am |
  19. Aleksandar

    Mojo? What mojo? Microsoft is down because their model of conquering the world is down. You cannot conquer smarties. You cannot conquer potentials. You cannot conquer the future, and so many times if Microsoft couldn't rule the business, it was ready to destroy it all together, so no one else could use it. They have a bad business model, or at least the one that cannot survive a decade or two.

    June 30, 2011 at 7:24 am |
  20. DAX

    Meh. That's what you get for killing PerformancePoint Server as a standalone product despite its high-growth in midmarket implementations, expecting billion dollar returns for half-assed market moves, resorting to heavy bundling instead of heavy innovation (SharePoint), far too many "me-too" attempts (XBOX Live & Kinect) and naming your search engine BING (for But it's Not Google). The investors are right, Balmer needs to get the hell out of dodge now if Microsoft is to regain its brand image as a technology innovator.

    June 30, 2011 at 7:36 am |
  21. grafstout

    There is no mojo at Microsoft. It seems as if R&D at microsoft looks only to the next five years. Try thinking ahead of the curve and work towards 10 years and integrated systems. Every electronic that has come from MS has been as the result of someone else putting their product out there. Software and service need to go together. MS needs to be more of a solutions based company. From an advertising standpoint,MS shows you the product and hopes you will like. Apple puts Jobs out there and shows you what it can do to make your life easier for everyone, not just the pc user or the business man. Computing for everyone, accessing information for everyone. They need to reach more consumers

    June 30, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  22. Hans

    Saas, cloud computing, these are great ideas. The problem is how to convince potential customers that it's fast, safe, reliable and controllable. After 15 years working as an editor for the Dutch PC Magazine, I learned that most companies distrust service providers to the bone, and for good reasons. As a result, they tend to choose for systems that allow them to be in total control.

    Most of these systems are still Microsoft based, but alternatives like Apple and Linux are growing. The OS is relatively unimportant. Pick the software you want to work with, write down your other demands, and then ask what OS you need to run it. In that order, not the other way around.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:29 am |
  23. Digestedaplet

    Apple is just a rotten fruit.Wait until it gets sour in your mouth with its stench.CNN is just a tool,an extension of Apple's marketing strategy...Why are they so negative about Microsoft? Sure,CNN is not balanced and objective.CNN is a "Company Negative News(CNN)"

    June 30, 2011 at 9:09 am |
  24. A Seghir

    Microsoft is a magnificent company. There will always be knee-jerk bashers of things dominant, because it's easy and hip. Those bashers happen to be numerous in the CNN readership and CNN feels compelled to cater to their needs.
    Having said that, Ballmer feels like the wrong guy, I only hope he steps down and lets someone steer MS to other successes. MS needs surgery, Bill, the sooner you get it done the better.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:12 am |
  25. Tom

    I ditched the PC and Microsoft in the early 1990's and went over to Apple for a number of reasons. Microsoft to me was (and most likely still is) a hugely bloated corporation that is arrogant and greedy to the point of bleeding it's customer dry. For example if you wanted support on MS Office, the first question their support would ask was "Your credit card number, please." This outraged me. Apple, on the other hand, NEVER asks you to pay for support (even when calling about products who has gone past it's due, I've gotten free help from them). Apple knew how to take care of their customers, and MS did not. Software support from MS was like pulling a tooth without novocaine. Just last month, for example, I found a MAJOR bug in Excel (in the newest version of Office 2011 for Mac) which they didn't even know about, and they finally "thanked" me for reporting it and it went up to the highest level (the developers). And I'm NOT a software genius of any sort - just a regular user! MS has always used the customer to test drive their products instead of really testing them before releasing it - a common fact known for years. That's just one of the many reasons why the consumer has gone to Apple and Mac instead of MS. Arrogance and greed will kill off any corporation - and has done so many times. And I doubt MS even will read theses postings and learn from them.....

    June 30, 2011 at 9:37 am |
  26. Todd D

    Microsoft sucks!!! Anyone who has switched to Apple knows what I am saying. I bought a MacBook Pro 4 years ago and it is just as fast now as it was out of the box. I feel like I was duped for 20 years not knowing what a crappy product I was using. I hope they wither away. I saw a Dell ad today and the gist of the ad was that top case can be changed to any color etc. I mean who cares... I should buy a Dell because i can change the color of the case. That right there shows why Apple is killing them. Oh by the way the reason I bought an Apple was because of the Iphone. It was so superior and amazing I said if an Apple is half as good as this phone I will be much more happy. So I hope and pray Apple, Google and even Facebook make Microsoft die a slow death just like their operating systems.

    June 30, 2011 at 10:29 am |
  27. Lynx

    I totally agree with Mrs. Sandra F. ; no objectivity is being displayed in this article. However we have to acknowledge the fact that this is a business blog, and so, some leeway can be understandable

    Nevertheless,having a core strategy, and protecting it isn't an outdated tactic (sure the concept was introduced in the late 90s by Collin and Porras, but those guys are visonnaries): the fact that Mr. Ballmer, or Microsoft for that matter, " are so loath to field questions about their basic business strategy" should be common sence.

    When it is said that: "Back then the legal stakes were high and I could sort of understand the jitters. I do not understand it now.", well, we need to be aware that the weapons might have changed in this "war tech", but the war itself is still on; new tools and tactics are being used underneath what meets the eye. Now, the problem might be that this aspect isn't vulgarized enough so that people "can understand it now", and make fair judgments and assessmnents.

    The purpose of this blog is obviously to raise reactions from viewers and generate a discussion; but when is isn't properly done, the discussion becomes sterile in the sense that we do not discuss to expand our common understandings, but rather to explain to the "blogger" that his, of her point of view isn't universal, and has to be shared with more indepth culture, or understanding...

    June 30, 2011 at 12:13 pm |
  28. lynx

    1. I totally agree with Mrs. Sandra F. ; no objectivity is being displayed in this article. However we have to acknowledge the fact that this is a business blog, and so, some leeway can be understandable
    Nevertheless,having a core strategy, and protecting it isn't an outdated tactic (sure the concept was introduced in the late 90s by Collin and Porras, but those guys are visonnaries): the fact that Mr. Ballmer, or Microsoft for that matter, " are so loath to field questions about their basic business strategy" should be common sence.
    When it is said that: "Back then the legal stakes were high and I could sort of understand the jitters. I do not understand it now.", well, we need to be aware that the weapons might have changed in this "war tech", but the war itself is still on; new tools and tactics are being used underneath what meets the eye. Now, the problem might be that this aspect isn't vulgarized enough so that people "can understand it now", and make fair judgments and assessmnents.
    The purpose of this blog is obviously to raise reactions from viewers and generate a discussion; but when is isn't properly done, the discussion becomes sterile in the sense that we do not discuss to expand our common understandings, but rather to explain to the "blogger" that his, of her point of view isn't universal, and has to be shared with more indepth culture, or understanding...

    June 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  29. lynx

    1. I totally agree with Mrs. Sandra F. ; no objectivity is being displayed in this article. However we have to acknowledge the fact that this is a business blog, and so, some leeway can be understandable
    Nevertheless,having a core strategy, and protecting it isn't an outdated tactic (sure the concept was introduced in the late 90s by Collin and Porras, but those guys are visonnaries): the fact that Mr. Ballmer, or Microsoft for that matter, " are so loath to field questions about their basic business strategy" should be common sense.
    When it is said that: "Back then the legal stakes were high and I could sort of understand the jitters. I do not understand it now.", well, we need to be aware that the weapons might have changed in this "war tech", but the war itself is still on; new tools and tactics are being used underneath what meets the eye. Now, the problem might be that this aspect isn't vulgarized enough so that people "can understand it now", and make fair judgments and assessmnents.
    The purpose of this blog is obviously to raise reactions from viewers and generate a discussion; but when is isn't properly done, the discussion becomes sterile in the sense that we do not discuss to expand our common understandings, but rather to explain to the "blogger" that his, of her point of view isn't universal, and has to be shared with more indepth culture, or understanding...

    June 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  30. otto

    When did Steve Balmer ever have mojo?

    June 30, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  31. Tom Leykis

    Mojo? This clown doesn't know the 1st thing about technology or their customers. Look at MS Vista. Look at the Zune. Look at their mobile telephone OS. Look at all wasted funds in IT. He's an imbecile. Bring back Bill Gates. This guy is a slow train wreck.

    July 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm |
  32. Jeff

    After all these years, Microsoft still doesn't understand user interface. They just don't get it. Each upgrade of Office seems to be more confusing than the previous version, with unneeded changes that only disorient users. It's clearly not a design culture. The reason Apple is so successful it that their products–hardware AND software, are designed with user experience in mind and build intelligently on what their customers have gotten used to.

    July 1, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  33. hammerscale

    Honestly, he (Ballmer) sounds clueless. I don't think he even knows what Skype is, let alone why MS bought it. So, they're just going to bundle this with that and people will come flocking to them? Is that the plan ?

    July 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm |
  34. Anthony Lealand

    Anything that runs on the cloud is a potential disaster. Not only do you not have control of your applications, your data is no longer under your control. Being in a city that has just had four major earthquakes with services going out all over the place, (Christchurch New Zealand) we have all our computers running with a generator. So our business ran and when after a week we got internet we though we were in heaven.

    Sure cloud storage is a great third level backup, but everything up there all dependent on a fire optic string on the sea floor waiting for the next undersea earthquake or landslide to take it out?

    July 2, 2011 at 12:47 am |
  35. Grant

    I think Microsoft are doing very well and providing excellent products. People should be reminded that Microsoft is about business software not just systems for home users unlike Apple. Apple are gadget people who provide excellent software and hardware but 99% of businesses don't run Apple Macs and likely never will as Microsoft has the networking and server market sown up. I am typing on a Macbook Pro as I think that their laptops are superbly well built and easy to repair (yes, really, they are made to be repaired not thrown away). Apple products though are overpriced and they are always out to squeeze more cash out of you and yet they walk on water when it comes to market perception. Windows 7 in fact is a better OS than the Mac OS X at the moment in terms of user interface and general useability. I can also edit Blu Ray on my desktop PC while Steve Jobs has indicated that he will not allow blu ray on his operating system.
    I can understand why Ballmer doesn't understand because I don't either. People get something into their heads about a product and it seems to stick and Microsoft are the great satan. It is ironic as I would rate Apple much higher on the scale of getting your money at any cost than MIcrosoft.

    One thing with the Mac is that they understand that the consumer likes touchy feely stuff. The trackpad on their laptops or the Magic Trackpad (a separate trackpad which connects by bluetooth) is superbly good and the windows world has nothing nearly as good. Now if Steve is puzzled about this then he should use a Mac laptop for a few weeks with a trackpad then try to tell me that he thinks that the trackpad is crap and has no place in the windows world!

    I will also comment on Microsoft Outlook 2010. Example: I am writing an email. I decided I want to attach say 8 pictures to the email. Oops! I can't do that as it exceeds the default email size limit of 20MB. This figure can be changed in the registry but...Well, no one sends that many pictures without cutting them down first..right? In other words the logic is flawed and this flaw hasn't been fixed. Microsoft are very slow to fix what is a serious issue that pisses a lot of users off. Mail in Mac as you would expect just sensibly asks you whether you want small, medium, large pictures or to send them as is.

    One more thing. Outlook and synchronising. I wouldn't say it is crap but this is where cloud computing is great. I use gmail and also google calendars as it is safer and more secure than relying on Outlook where if something happens to my computer desktop or laptop I lose all my appointments. I can also get and send email using gmail.

    The world is changing. My two cents is that Microsoft can't win every battle and be all things to all people. It has the business world sown up in my opinion with it's range of software products. It has reached the top of the hill and every way tends to be down. They can however do sensible things like monitor consumer feedback about their products. I am gobsmacked that they can let issues like I mentioned with Outlook fester. There is a total disconnect between their office products and customer feedback (which I doubt they monitor). They also need to develop trackpad technology to the level of the Mac and implement a wide range of gestures for it within the operating system. I worry that they concentrate too much on touch screens and tablets. It is OK that they develop these areas but traditional laptops with proper keyboards will still be the go for most people even in 20 years time. Interaction will be through a trackpad not a touch screen.

    July 2, 2011 at 4:23 am |
  36. Joeythes

    Of the 5 family computers I manage, 2 are Apple and 3 run on Windows. Yesterday, I tried to install Win 7 ServicePack 1. It would not install. The error told me it was clashing with some other (windows) software, which is not even installed on that computer. A clean boot and retry did not help. This is the story of Windows from Win 3. Soon, I will be a household with 5 Apple computers, because they plain and simple just work. I'm no fan of Jobs or the brand but the product delivers and Windows doesn't. Imagine – their upgrade clashes with their own software that is not even installed. Boggles the mind.

    July 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  37. James

    I have not owned a Microsoft productnyet that has not Blue Screened, frozen up, or simply does not work correctly. Support service is non excistant unless you pay extra for them to answer questions about their own products. time for them to go, by the way I am typing this comment on an IPad.

    From Tokyo

    July 2, 2011 at 1:17 pm |
  38. Lilly

    I woud like to see MS re-create itself and they definitely need some and exciting blood in that company. Ballmer is just too dull, as was his boss. At this point I would love to see another company come in and give Apple a run for it's money. I can only shake my head at people's willingness to empty their wallets for Apple products, mainly because they are 'cool'.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
  39. Silas Scarborough

    Good riddance to Microsoft. No telling how many years it will take to remove all the trash software they've dumped on the planet. It's not so much a problem for software engineers but rather the EPA.

    July 2, 2011 at 3:15 pm |
  40. CSM

    Yes, Microsoft can compete, but that means ridding itself of Ballmer, Gates, etc to actually work. In order to garner even more support, it would be helpful to stop the H1B's and hire locally rather than acting as a turnstile for East Indians all the time.

    July 2, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  41. Ward William

    Get it back !! Yipes. Steve Ballmer has never had mojo. He is a mojo repellent. Mojo runs away from Steve Ballmer. Mojo would get a bad reputation if it gave itself to Steve Ballmer.

    July 2, 2011 at 9:11 pm |
  42. UGURU-OKORIE JOHN

    I THINK THE FALL OF MS, AS IT MAY APPEAR TO BE, IS NOT ITS END. BEFORE YOU START CRITIZING MS, REMEMBER ITS GREAT CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE WORLD OF TECHNOLOGY. IT IS OFTEN SAID AN OLD WOMAN NEVER FORGETS HER DANCE STEPS. I THINK, " THAT THE OLD DOG CAN STILL LEARN NEW TRICKS"!

    July 2, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  43. Beve Stalmer, CEO, Macrohard

    The thing is, todays "Word" is no better than Word 2.0. In fact, if you want a really fast word processor, use Word 2.0.

    July 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm |
  44. Henry

    Microsoft Xp will always be my operating system since i know the in and outs it seems that new computers want to stip functions that we as users had in the past. You can't even enter the root system without being asked for double permission. Besides this Microsoft is greedy why are they charging for XBOX LIVE when i'm already paying for Hulu and Netflix i have to pay you to watch something i already pay for that sounds like illegal trade practices there making money by not really doing anything except ride off the work of others.

    July 3, 2011 at 7:13 am |
  45. Robert

    Since I changed to Ubuntu Linux operating system, I got rid of all the maladies related to MS systems. It was a couple of years ago. The PC runs as the first day I installed the new o.s. MS Windows ruins the system and performance as time passes. There are many more reasons to get rid of MS. More and more people say good-bye to MS by the day. Face it.

    July 3, 2011 at 1:24 pm |
  46. Ramesh

    MS does not innovate. Their products in the 80's and 90's were a result of applying and engineering known concepts to PC. That is good and commendable but not innovation. It seems like their approach is to get lot of low-cost non-innovative coders from outside US to engineer code. This is not a recipe for competing in a fast technology world.

    July 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  47. Surfing is not computing

    As an Electrical/Computer Engineer the argument over Windows versus Apple is pointless. Each system will compile and run code in a respectable time. Software compatiblitiy goes to Windows, simulation software I use, ltspice, pspice, psim, mathcad, maple, matlab, hyperlinks, etc. all run on Windows without any complications. While you can configure a mac to run some software such a matlab I have never found it to give any more advantage.

    It is laughable to compare the browser of Apple and Windows. Just because one will open a webpage faster or without crashing is NOT a representation of the computer's computing power. Computing is the amount of computations within a giving time. This is algorithm dependent, in my experiance why one brower will crash while the other does not is due to poor algorithm management. Just because a code will run in one compiler it does not mean it is univeral to all. This is why there are rules and structure to writing code.

    July 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  48. Beve Stalmer, CEO, Macrohard

    When you have reached the absolute top and totally revolutionized computing, then it is pretty darn difficult to NOT sooner or later slip a bit backwards, or at least not grow in eternity. No other computer company in history has meant more to computing, or has amassed a greater wealth. Please keep things in perspective. Google and Apple can only DREAM of making the kind of money that Microsoft has made, if you count all years together. Thus, I am not talking about individual years, or just a few years.

    July 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  49. Jack B

    Microsoft is years behind cloud computing. Whatever they are developing is still not free. Google provides office productivity applications for free to consumers. I have not seen this article mention that Office 365 is going to be a free service, which is a major selling point for cloud services. It will take more time for Microsoft to compete in this space because charging for software (Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, MS Office, etc...) is their bread and butter. Nice try Microsoft, but you're days in computing are nearly over unless you make information and applications READILY available to everyone for free (e.g. Google Apps).

    July 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
  50. Jack B

    @ UGURU-OKORIE JOHN Interesting quote there, but an old woman will forget how to dance when they have alzheimer's. That is what's happening to MS now. They seem to forget cloud computing and services is partly about making application services readily available and more affordable. I read through many articles like this one and MS fails to mention that Office 365 or whatever they are marketing is free. Many IT shops nowadays are looking for affordable services due to budget constraints. I highly doubt MS will offer a better product from a pricing standpoint than Google or other free cloud services offering office productivity applications. MS is several years behind and their days of dancing are just about over unless they stop charging an arm and a leg. =)

    July 3, 2011 at 10:23 pm |
  51. Bill Wood

    It was time for Ballmer to go 5 years ago. At this point, too many people 'hate' Microsoft for Ballmer to be of any use. As long as he leads the company, the perception problem will always dog it.

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    From a Microsoft perspective, I expect they'll see a big windfall as more and more of their enterprise customers view O365 as an alternative strategy to upgrading their on-premise Microsoft licenses. As a result, the channel will need to stay in step or see an increasing number of their clients go directly to Microsoft.

    Having partnered with Microsoft at 3 previous companies, they are a force to reckon with in any market they decide is strategic - and cloud fits that definition. Yes, they are taking on a huge business transformation as they start to cannibalize on-premise offerings for cloud based services, but they have a huge installed base to work from and it's better that they eat their own young then letting someone else do it.

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