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  • More on Microsoft: Relying on interviews and e-mails, Vanity Fair takes an in-depth look at the culture that led Microsoft (MSFT) to become an also-ran in mobile devices and Internet services. Much of the blame is directed towards a ranking system that led to in-fighting, and the failure of the company, obsessed with propping up Windows and Office, to see the disruptive impact of concepts such as touchscreens and news feeds. (also)  [View news story]
    If Ballmer would retire and be replaced by Steven Stenofski it would be a big step in a positive direction. Ballmer would be well served to take the morale busting Kevin Turner and Lori Brownell with him. Microsoft needs to find a way to be the fun place to work again so top talent would WANT to work there. The products are solid but management is failing.
    Jul 3, 2012. 03:21 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dear Microsoft, Please Stop Trying To Be Apple [View article]
    Up 21% the last 14 months!!!
    Sep 25, 2013. 11:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft tumbles following Nokia deal [View news story]
    Anticipate the announcement soon that Elop is MSFT's new CEO. Ballmer see ya later.
    Sep 3, 2013. 12:35 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • After Steve Ballmer, Where Is Microsoft Headed? [View article]
    Personal opinion, much on the decline in PC sales is due to a much slower enterprise refresh rate. This is due to a poor economy and IT being one area businesses can get buy with what is working for them now. Before long all those Windows XP machines will begin to fail. They won't be replaced by a tablet or phone or an Apple or Android product. These customers will go with who they know can deliver in the enterprise and PC sales will grow once again with a Windows OS installed.
    Aug 30, 2013. 12:18 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia tablet specs reportedly leak; Google blocks YouTube WP app [View news story]
    EXACTLY the Surface RT is light years above the iPad. I challenge anyone to use both for a month. If done with no bias they'll never look at another iPad.
    Aug 16, 2013. 11:22 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft shares FY13 Surface, mobile licensing figures in 10-K [View news story]
    I love my RT and use it as my main machine at home. I'm not just a novice I've been in the IT industry for 26 years. RT isn't as powerful as Surface Pro but It's better than any Apple or Android tablet. Most haters simply never touched one or gave it an honest look.
    Jul 31, 2013. 12:49 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Seems To Be Getting It Right [View article]
    Agree, my 920 has been flawless, no issues on over a year of use.
    Jul 29, 2013. 04:52 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Details about a pending update to Windows Phone 8 (MSFT, NOK), known as GDR2, have been... [View news story]
    Love my Lumia 920 and look forward to new Windows Phones. Competition between Apple, Google and Microsoft phone platforms is a win for consumers.
    Jul 12, 2013. 02:48 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Surface RT is "on track to join Zune and the Kin in the great consumer electronics discount rack in the sky," writes MKM's Israel Hernandez, as he cuts his FQ3 estimates for Microsoft (MSFT). He adds there's "mounting evidence that Windows 8 is failing to resuscitate flagging PC demand," and believes PC shipments will likely see 10%+ declines at least through 1H13. Also: the head of Samsung's memory chip ops recently declared Windows 8 to be no better than Vista. [View news story]
    The end of support is coming for XP. If people want to continue getting security fixes and support they will have to upgrade to Win7 or Win8 if they stay on a Windows OS. Either way MSFT makes a sale, winning. It's not necessarily the major release cycle that determines the upgrade path but rather the end of support.
    Mar 12, 2013. 10:50 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Can Microsoft Fix Its Strategic Mistake With The Surface Pro? [View article]
    Lots of problems with this article. First the Surface Pro is not just a tablet, it is a product that finally covers the spectrum between tablet and laptop with the ability to run the same apps that run on the desktop. I'm excited about the same interface being on ALL my devices.
    The 2nd item is that with a company as diverse as Microsoft why would anyone hinge the entire company on a device that is a first run product?

    For the first time in a decade MSFT has placed itself in a strong position in the marketplace.
    Feb 11, 2013. 12:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Doesn't Need To Be Apple [View article]
    The Intel based Win8 tablet is the game changer. Not the ARM based RT.
    Feb 5, 2013. 11:31 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Microsoft Shares See A 10% Surge If Ballmer Leaves? [View article]
    I love the new products and what the future can hold. Steve however has proven repetitively that he can not lead and doesn't work well with his team. We've seen rampant turnover below him since he became CEO. Many very capable successor's have came and gone. I've invested and continue to hold MSFT because of their diversity of products. I love their mobile solution, they dominate in enterprise server products, Hyper-V is gaining market share, XBox is number 1, their cloud strategy is spot on for those wanting to offload IT expense and on and on. They have done a lot of things right.

    Investors are hung up on Steve's lack of leadership. His tyrant style and screaming has grown very old. Its now seen as anger not the motivation it was in the early 90's. The business has changed but he has not adapted.
    Feb 5, 2013. 10:59 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Microsoft Shares See A 10% Surge If Ballmer Leaves? [View article]
    MSFT is a solid company, much more diversified than most. The issue at this point is that Ballmer doesn't lead the innovative charge. He is reactionary and always has been. As said above the company needs a visionary backed by a strong business manager (certainly not Turner). MSFT has done well on the balance sheet and stock price should be in the low $40's. If one forgets all politics the balance sheet and quarterly reports (excluding the recent writeoff) support it. Investors have lost faith in Ballmer. The stock will not move consistently up till he is gone.
    Feb 5, 2013. 10:41 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft Earnings Preview: A Decade Of PE Contraction - Stock Technically Oversold [View article]
    With Office 365 MSFT is already in the middle of and betting big on the cloud.
    Jan 16, 2013. 11:45 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • "We invest and will go where the users are, but they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8 (MSFT)," says Google (GOOG) Apps product management chief Clay Bavor, explaining why his company has no plans to build out apps for the new platforms. [View news story]
    Google should learn from Microsoft's mistakes. If you wait till the users have moved before you develop your product then you are behind the curve and playing catchup. MSFT pulled off the comeback in the gaming system war so you can't count them out in mobile and certainly not in OS. Google should seize the opportunity rather than dismissing it.
    Dec 13, 2012. 09:25 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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