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Here It Goes Again: Insinuations That Microsoft's CEO Should be Ousted

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Summary: Steve Ballmer wants to reorganise, but the reorganisation should include removing him, argue pundits

SUCH suggestions, rumours and speculations about Steve Ballmer are nothing new. They go back at least to 2008 and the subject was brought up here on many occasions, e.g.:





Amid crisis at Microsoft (inability to find an alternative direction), there are more yet suggestions that Ballmer should get canned, e.g.:

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is reportedly looking to shake things up at the top by bringing in senior managers with more tech and engineering backgrounds, according to a Bloomberg report citing unnamed sources. The move, on the surface, is supposed to accelerate Microsoft’s push into tablets, smartphones and other categories where the company has fallen behind.

But dare I say again that the problems with Microsoft have more to do with senior managers not having the technology and engineering know-how that’s needed to keep one of the pioneers of technology ahead of the game? You see, the root of the problem is not product managers. The root of the problem goes much higher than that - all the way to the CEO’s office.


Microsoft booster Matt Rosoff [1, 2, 3, 4] has another take on it. The Microsoft booster takes it in a different direction by suggesting that existing people (some of whom are leaving) were technical. The former article wrongly suggests that Gates as opposed to Ballmer was a "techie", conveniently forgetting what Gates went to college for and what his colleagues thought of his code (they used the "S" word to describe it). According to this page, Kildall said that "Steve Jobs is nothing. Steve Wozniak did it all, the hardware and the software. All Jobs did was hang around and take the credit." Sounds pretty familiar, eh?

"Now it was time to annihilate a new competitor, and Gates wanted Eller for the job. [...] By February 1990, Eller's group was partially staffed. They were already working on their first demo, and their mission was clear: Kill GO Corp. Raikes had said as much. Squashing the competition was not a written policy, but something woven into the ethos of Microsoft."

--Barbarians Led by Bill Gates, a book composed
by the daughter of Microsoft's PR mogul



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