07.15.09

Microsoft UK’s Chief ‘Accomplice’ Jumps Ship

Posted in Europe, Microsoft, Open XML, OpenDocument at 3:55 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The CIO of Newham, which let Microsoft inherit Britain, heads into early retirement and the timing is exceptionally curious

AT THE beginning of this month, Glyn Moody was getting prepared for a faceoff with Microsoft and its main lackey in the United Kingdom, Mr. Steel. It was to be a debate about Microsoft’s OOXML. It was later on that Moody publicly posted examples of OOXML abuses, as we noted yesterday. Now there is a surprising update from Moody:

[T]he CIO of Newham, Richard Steel, for whose benefit the meeting was being held, has rather suddenly and unexpectedly announced that he is retiring. In the wake of this news, I contacted Microsoft, and we agreed that there was little point holding the meeting as originally planned.

On the one hand, this is wonderful news because Mr. Steel helped Microsoft colonise the United Kingdom (digitally) [1, 2, 3, 4, 5], but on the other hand this whole important debate/grilling is called off and it is not known who will inherit Steel’s place (better the devil whom we know than one whom we don’t understand yet). Microsoft and him are probably afraid that they would otherwise have to explain OOXML abuses, of which there are hundreds that are known. Microsoft relies on this conversation being suppressed, buried and forgotten, but it never will. As one person put it yesterday, “This is classic Microsoft “embrace, extend, extinguish”, except now applied to standards bodies.”

“I have lost my sleep and peace of mind for last two months over these distasteful activities by Microsoft.”

Professor Deepak Phatak

“The disparity of rules for PAS, Fast-Track and ISO committee generated standards is fast making ISO a laughing stock in IT circles.”

Martin Bryan, Formerly Convenor, ISO/IEC JTC1/SC34 (OOXML) WG1

Journal Confirms Microsoft Looks to Shed Over 2,000 Employees, Microsoft Employee Thinks 15,000 More Should be Let Go

Posted in America, Finance, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, Videos at 3:39 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

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Summary: The Wall Street Journal on Razorfish sale and some new numbers from Mini Microsoft

AT THE END of last month we showed that Microsoft was preparing to cut another 2,000+ jobs. This is now confirmed by the Wall Street Journal, which speaks about Microsoft looking to pass Razorfish staff to another company and take some cash which it really needs because of debt.

Microsoft is pitching five of the world’s biggest advertising companies a deal to buy its digital ad agency Razorfish — and to use Microsoft’s advertising technologies and possibly buy hundreds of millions of dollars of ad space across its Web properties — according to executives familiar with the situation.

By selling Razorfish, Microsoft will not be able to raise much money or significantly improve profit, but a prominent Microsoft blogger believes that with Microsoft’s results (due next week) more layoffs may come. After all, Microsoft did nothing to reverse the trend from last quarter (earnings were down 32% due to GNU/Linux in part, mostly because of margin erosion) and no important products are coming out any time soon.

At Microsoft a lot more positions still need to go to achieve efficiency and focus. 15,000 more is my magic number [of people to lay off]. It’s not personal.

According to the Microsoft-sponsored press, unemployment in Microsoft’s home state rose sharply. This is interesting because Microsoft stimulates the economy there by seeding a circulation of money and the real scale of Microsoft layoffs is not known (there are contract and temporary workers whom Microsoft tells its investors nothing about).

It might be a bit of a stretch, but watch the following brand-new video and consider our take on it.

Ballmer Goes Nuts Again, Gets Confused As to What Type of Venue He’s At

[...] is he a horrible public speaker. If Microsoft wants to revamp their image, it starts from the top

Does Steve Ballmer know that on July 23rd Microsoft’s profits will fall another 30% or so? He should have a rough idea ahead of time (actually making room for inside-trading, but that’s another matter), so watch how he goes semi-psychotic and already blames the economy, in advance. He also gives the impression that Vista 7 is all Microsoft has left to rely on, but no sooner than Q4 will it even exist as a product. This eccentric appearance from Steve Ballmer is rather telling.

“There is such an overvaluation of technology stocks that it is absurd. I would include our stock in that category. It is bad for the long-term worth of the economy.”

Steve Ballmer

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