Microsoft (MSFT +2.9%) reorg roundup: 1) Wired's Ryan Tate thinks the appointment of Windows...

Microsoft (MSFT +2.9%) reorg roundup: 1) Wired's Ryan Tate thinks the appointment of Windows chief Julie Larson-Green as hardware/entertainment chief might position her to succeed Steve Ballmer. Kara Swisher isn't convinced. 2) Skeptics point out this is far from Microsoft's first reorg, even if it's a big one. Ex-Microsoft product manager Bobby Gill says past reorgs led to "planning paralysis." 3) AdWeek reports Microsoft online ad execs are worried their unit could be downsized, and perhaps eventually outsourced. This isn't the first time they've sounded off. 4) Company sources tell BI they're worried the post-reorg Microsoft won't have "mini-CEO" positions for rising stars. However, many are cautiously optimistic. (the reorg: I, II) (Ballmer's memos)

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  • outofhere
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    I just read a memo that has the look and feel as if Steve is rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


    Does anybody else feel that way?
    11 Jul 2013, 07:15 PM Reply Like
  • mike8599
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    I wouldn't buy MSFT on it's current trajectory. I think Ballmer is going in the opposite direction of MSFT proven strength and trying to create or mimic APPL or GOOG.


    They are lazy and looking for sexy returns rather than focusing on owning software.... everything is software.
    11 Jul 2013, 08:19 PM Reply Like
  • 1951Mike
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    How many blatantly obvious opportunities for MSFT has Steve Ballmer missed over the years? His track record is abysmal. He is all about protecting Steve Ballmer. His replacement is the blatantly obvious move that is needed most.
    12 Jul 2013, 01:34 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    That's when I took the company in the wrong direction.


    The results are in. Windows 8 hasn't taken the market by storm.


    It doesn't matter who actually proposed or implemented the failed strategy, I endorsed it.


    Moving to hardware, we cannot rely on Nokia and other hardware partners to create enough momentum for this new platform, so I've asked our JLG (Julie Larson-Green) to develop first-party mobile devices – a Microsoft smartphone and a Microsoft tablet – that run Windows Mobile 9. The use of the somewhat damaged Surface name for these products will be evaluated as we go.


    Earned in unforgiving Washington politics, Mark's (Penn, EVP Advertising and Strategy, is tasked to come up with the right narrative for the strategic transition to Windows Mobile 9) long experience with complicated situations will help us navigate the troubled media waters ahead of us.


    This may be Ballmer's memo published from the UK:


    Written by before Jony Ives Apple tech giant Jean-Louis Gassée--


    I know I didn't fool anyone with this apocryphal memo. While it could be viewed as satirical, it's actually deadly (that's the right word) serious. And it raises serious questions. ...


    through more conventional retail channels. The math could be attractive: 30% gross margin on a $500 device sure beats 85% on $50 or less of licensing revenue – as long as the hardware unit volume cooperates.
    24 Jul 2013, 01:56 AM Reply Like
  • outofhere
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    I just read that W8.1 does not function properly on the smaller screen devices. If that's true then the division that released it should be fired "en masse".
    Too many people are being paid for zero results.
    24 Jul 2013, 07:54 AM Reply Like
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