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    CKurt

    http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2011/jan11/01-10steveb-mail.mspx

    Is anybody at the top of microsoft still there besides Steve Balmer? What is going on at Microsoft?

     

     

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    Ian2

    IMO when people earn that kind of money they want to see what else is out there for them. (Bill G is doing fantastic work now)

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    USArcher

    What new "cycle" is STB entering?  I can't imagine what triggered this.  STB revenues flattening?  Or is there some dragging of the feet in STB management to move faster into the cloud?  Whatever the reason, I'm sorry to see Bob go...I like that guy.

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    intelman

    Maybe it is sorta working. Windows 7, Office 2010, Kinect are all solid products.

    Microsoft still is kind of odd about actually competing in the Tablet and Phone space. Plus they are still slow moving. Essential updates to services and products are months or a year out when they are needed in weeks. Office Webapps will probably still remain largely unused due to its clunky and confusing nature (almost all my peers are on google docs because it is easier to manage permissions, the .net passport thing just doesn't seem to work right ... )

    Seeing leadership change certainly isn't a bad sign, especially if their replacement is serious and ready to compete.

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    Bas

    Nothing wrong with fresh blood, especially at the top. Shame he's leaving though.

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    contextfree

    Sounds like Sinofsky as next CEO is now a dead certainty, at least if Win8 is judged a success. That is probably why he left; once you're a division president there's no other way to move up, after all.

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    USArcher

    @intelman: Windows Phone 7 is a solid offering and I think we are going to see them move fairly quickly this year.  The first device update though, yeah..Microsoft is going take its time handling that one with kid gloves.  This year success is going to take alot of creativity around marketing and partner incentives.

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    mawcc

    <sarcasm>Bob Muglia leaving? Does that mean Silverlight has won?</sarcasm>

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    intelman

    @USArcher: Maybe, but missing basic features such as having an IM program open in the background is kind of lame. Once you are used to the workflow of other platforms it is hard to move to WP7, despite how nice it is.

    I recommended against it to anyone asking for advice. Once the platform matures, I think it will be the best platform out there. The problem is I think many will be too attached to their paid applications on the other platforms to switch. iBird is a great application for hikers, currently only available on iPhone and Android. It was kind of expensive. There are many other niche apps that have to move over.

    I find Microsoft's mobile situation kind of sad. I think it has great potential, but it is missing key features and it came too late, so its numbers will be too low to attract developers. With that people will build up their own library of paid apps on other platforms and be stuck forever.

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    ZippyV

    @CKurt: After reading an article from Paul Thurrot I don't mind seeing them go, they got a bottomless pit of Vice Presidents to choose from.

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    magicalclick

    @intelman:

    I wouldn't mind im because it is a distraction. I personally hope they keep the os in single process in a meaningful way. I don't want another os open for spywares. It is best to start with low privilege and start slowly open up doors to make sure the system is secure for CASUAL users.

    Leaving WM on 5/2018 if no apps, no dedicated billboards where I drive, no Store name.
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    vesuvius

    Pretty terrible news for Microsoft. The first thing I did was have a look at Mary-Jo Foley's blog, and as sure as night follows day, there is definitely contrition in her article on this matter.

    Her Lois Lane antics have resulted in the loss of one of the most able guys steering the mothership. Yes she got her 5 minutes, but at what cost?

    Anyway, with technology companies on the increase, companies will be clamouring to secure him, there is only really one loss, and that is the company he leaves.

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    felix9

    BobMu's letter talks about integrity and principles quite a lot, it sounds a little bit weird....... Devil

    http://www.zdnet.com/blog/microsoft/muglias-e-mail-to-the-microsoft-troops-im-moving-on-to-new-opportunities-outside-of-microsoft/8406

    my primary principle is to focus on doing the right thing, ...
    ...... not being afraid to admit a mistake and change a decision when it is wrong; being consistently honest, even when it hurts ......
    ......and finally, being willing to admit and apologize when I have not lived up to these principles.

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    staceyw

    Something like that does not happen without board direction.  Had to be $.

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    Bas

    @vesuvius:Wait, are you saying Mary Jo Foley made Bob Muglia quit Microsoft? How... would that work?

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    Ray7

    , Bas wrote

    @vesuvius:Wait, are you saying Mary Jo Foley made Bob Muglia quit Microsoft? How... would that work?

    I was about to ask the same question. MJF is one of the best pundits going, in my opinion.

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    Chadk

    I really gotta ask. Am I the only one who read that thing as Bob getting fired and it wasn't a decision of his own?

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    Bas

    @Chadk: Muglia's email is sort of ambiguous about it, but Ballmer's earlier email clearly states that it was his (Ballmer's) decision to change the leadership at STB and that, in response to that, Muglia decided to leave Microsoft.

    Of course, that still leaves the question what motivated that decision. I'm sure plenty of people are already frothing at the mouth to explain this as Muglia being outraged by Ballmer's idiotic decision to replace him and quitting in a huff, but it might as well be that Muglia agreed with the change and then decided to take the opportunity to head elsewhere.

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