Forbes has published an article calling Steve Ballmer the worst CEO of the year.
I have no particular love loss for Steve Ballmer and he has made a lot of mistakes but the things this article cites are just stupid and aren't even borderline things he should be upset about. Examples:
- Windows 7 and Office 2010 did nothing to excite tech users
Windows 7 didn't excite users? What? Wake up Forbes...
- Apple took the leadership position in personal technology
Neither office nor Windows 7 are competing in "personal technology."
- after dumping Zune
Right decision. Zune was a money-pit. It was never going to succeed. Looking back that is only more clear with the strong move to smart-phone-as-the-MP3 player-killer.
- dumping Windows CE
He didn't "dump CE" he replaced an uncompetitive product (Windows Mobile 6.xx) with a highly competitive one (Windows Phone 7).
Maybe Forbes writers should stop attempting to write about technology - it is fair to say this Forbes writer doesn't know what the heck he or she is talking about, and would really look smarter if they just kept their mouth closed.
As I said Steve has made tons of errors along the way, most of which I can name, Forbes just managed to focus on a lot of the riskier but better decisions he has taken.