Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is reportedly planning to reorganize the company as he looks...

Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer is reportedly planning to reorganize the company as he looks to foster better co-operation between product teams. Under one possible plan, Microsoft would put more focus on devices and services, and cut the number of divisions from eight to four. The groupings would be enterprise business, hardware, applications and services, and operating-systems. The speculation follows news that CIO Tony Scott has left the company.

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  • taavisepp
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    It's about time for various Microsoft teams work towards better co-operation and not try to reinvent the wheel with every new product version. Focus on hardware is an interesting one - it usually stems from distrust towards the hardware vendors or attempt to gain market dominance. Is @MSFT big enough to fight on both hardware and software fronts? It probably is if it decides to stick to only a handful of products and not cater for all market segments.
    4 Jun 2013, 05:48 AM Reply Like
  • elsrmp56
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    This reorganization could surely move the needle in a long awaited positive direction. This sleeping giant has been range bound for much to long. The only concern I have is does Steve B. have the expertise to implement it.
    4 Jun 2013, 08:48 AM Reply Like
  • BlueOkie
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    Hope this isn't a exercise in moving the "Titanic's deck chairs". MSFT needs a boost
    4 Jun 2013, 09:53 AM Reply Like
  • investingInvestor
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    The real news is that two senior Microsoft managers have recently bailed. Ballmer's management style is chairs, bats, and running in circles. The minions had expressed their opinions and reorg is Ballmer's response: "insane devices running on the cloud" and "everything is a PC". Dogbert marketing.


    Naive SA readers: can Microsoft make a profit on Windows 8 when Google gives Android away for free? Can Microsoft make a profit on Office when OpenOffice, Lotus Symphony, and LibreOffice are free and all are better? Per DNA, time for Microsoft to embrace, extend, and extinguish.
    4 Jun 2013, 10:01 AM Reply Like
  • Leah2012
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    If Microsoft really wants to improve, then they need to establish strict development standards.


    I am so tired of Windows Update telling me that Microsoft ForeFront is malware and so the Windows Update cannot proceed.


    Or for the second time Microsoft has made changes to IE 10, which impacts Kaspersky Anti-Virus. I have to go in and delete IE 10, so that the OS will revert to IE 9.


    I quit using IE because it was always crashing. Now I use either FireFox or Chrome.


    I liked Windows Update so much better when I go decide which updates I wanted to install and I could select a time that was convenient for me.


    If they don't establish some good development standards across all products, nothing is going to change and more and more people will look for alternatives that work. Microsoft really needs to decide that they are going to be a top quality company.


    Windows 8 is an example of what not to do, so I am sticking with Windows 7.
    5 Jun 2013, 12:05 AM Reply Like
  • badq45t
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    I don't know that any re-org that doesn't involved Steve taking a back seat and Kevin Turner taking on new opportunities will have a big effect.
    5 Jun 2013, 03:24 AM Reply Like
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