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"I certainly expect [Microsoft's] org chart to look a lot different six months from now," says...

"I certainly expect [Microsoft's] org chart to look a lot different six months from now," says former Microsoft exec Brad Silverberg, who (like many others) views Steven Sinofsky's departure as the first step in a big push to get Microsoft's (MSFT) fiefdoms to finally play nice with each other. But some still think ousting Sinofsky was short-sighted. Farhad Manjoo: "So [Sinofsky] was a jerk. So what? ... He was the firm’s most thoughtful executive, certainly more perceptive about technology than Ballmer."
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  • robgra
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    "more perceptive about technology than Ballmer" ...that's almost not even praise...
    16 Nov 2012, 07:03 PM Reply Like
  • Coaly1234
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    I must admit that although I am long with MSFT and really think that the stock price will rise, I have trouble figuring out leadership. All one has heard is that Ballmer should go and I have no idea whether that would be good or bad. Then you hear about a load of good execs coming and going and it's just not a good thing for any corporation. I do hope Gates is keeping a watchful eye on all this and that the company retains and elevates some of their younger talent.
    16 Nov 2012, 07:04 PM Reply Like
  • russellm454
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    Why younger talent? Wouldn't that be age discrimination?
    16 Nov 2012, 07:49 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    half of all people who previously purchased pc's no longer need them AT ALL because they can do everything they need to do with their phone or tablet. windows is a long way from being dead but it's market share is being washed away like the jersey shore.
    16 Nov 2012, 08:40 PM Reply Like
  • Coaly1234
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    I understand your comment, however my thoughts were to get someone in a leadership role with the ideas, thoughts, knowledge of today as opposed to how one might think of Ballmer. So I could have said someone with todays business savy regardless of age. On the other hand it would not be discrimination to announce and specifically bring a younger aged person into upper management if that is what the company needed (and it does).
    17 Nov 2012, 07:04 AM Reply Like
  • russellm454
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    Somebody like Mark Zuckerberg??? Yea Facebook stocks are killing it :-)
    Look age has nothing to do with it. I agree a Ballmer departure would be good but if Kevin Turner replaced him things will get worse. Turner is a tyrant double what Sinifsky ever thought to be. Microsoft needs a forward thinking innovative mind regardless of age.
    17 Nov 2012, 09:08 AM Reply Like
  • bill d
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    A ludicrous assumption.
    The only factual statement you made is:
    "windows is a long way from being dead ".
    Ever hear of a laptop?
    17 Nov 2012, 04:00 PM Reply Like
  • updragon
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    Re: "Sinofsky being a jerk, so what?"
    It is one thing to be a jerk and be divisive and undermine teamwork and quite another thing to be a jerk and unite everyone in the organization with a common vision.
    That, to me, is the 'so what!'
    Steve Jobs always wanted Apple to be division-free, in vision, products, and bottom line. Now that SInofsky is gone Microsoft can emulate that model and break down the culture of territories into a real team with a common vision. I believe this augers a promising opportunity for the corporate giant to do amazing things in the future!
    16 Nov 2012, 07:16 PM Reply Like
  • anil92691
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    Microsoft is a successful company whether one agrees or not. Its executives are high profile and in most cases high egos. That also means they will leave as new financially rewarding and ego satisfying opportunites arise. Just get used to it.
    16 Nov 2012, 07:28 PM Reply Like
  • galaxy travels inc.
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    One Apple product, something that didn’t exist five years ago, has higher sales than everything Microsoft has to offer. More than Windows, Office, Xbox, Bing, Windows Phone, and every other product that Microsoft has created since 1975. In the quarter ended March 31, 2012, iPhone had sales of $22.7 billion; Microsoft Corporation, $17.4 billion.
    16 Nov 2012, 07:38 PM Reply Like
  • moneyTalksBSWalks
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    The flip side of that argument is that Windows and Office still are dominant products while the iPhone no longer is. If you invested in Aapl 5 years ago, you made a killing but what about now?
    16 Nov 2012, 10:14 PM Reply Like
  • Coaly1234
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    moneyTalksBSWalks: you are correct. APPL down around $500 from $720. In a few years we may find that APPL was/is a "one trick pony". Now I grant you that APPL can be looked at as a great company where many made a nice profit. However I will take MSFT diversity in product over appl any day.
    17 Nov 2012, 07:07 AM Reply Like
  • jammerculture
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    I am currently using Microsoft Project, Excel, Outlook and Access in my role as a construction project manager. The comments that you can do anything you need on your phone is so absurd. I'm starting to actually lose my bullish take on American industry as this type of concept gets more and more widespread. How foolish...
    16 Nov 2012, 11:28 PM Reply Like
  • redwall
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    Huh? I think the tablet would be an ideal device for a project manager unless he/she sits in a trailer all day.
    18 Nov 2012, 04:46 AM Reply Like
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    I agree up to a point, MS project, excel, outlook and access has not had a real update since the betas we used in 1995.
    18 Nov 2012, 06:07 PM Reply Like
  • Remyngton
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    Farhad Manjoo ???


    who cares what this twerp has to say
    17 Nov 2012, 09:38 AM Reply Like
    , contributor
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    Those of you who just got the proxy from microsoft, please vote against everything but the cumulative voting. Send bill and the boys a message.
    18 Nov 2012, 06:05 PM Reply Like
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