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Ballmer – Are the days numbered?

I’m not one to go around (for the most part) bashing Microsoft. For years I used their smartphones and to this day I support their desktop and server based OSs along with a multitude of applications from the company. By far Windows 7 and Server 2008 are their best platforms in YEARS and they continue to make great strides in their ability to compete with the likes of vmware in the virtualization space and google in the search space (even though bing has yet to catch on).

However, if there’s one article you read today concerning the state of Microsoft – this post over at The Brooks Review should be at the top of your list. Along with some insightful graphics regarding stock prices, its an interesting look back over various blunders and acquisitions made during the “Ballmer Era”.

… it seems pretty obvious that Microsoft has been slowly declining, while Google and Apple have been taking off like a rocket since 2004.While these charts are anything but proof of bad management — in business school the first thing they teach you about CEO’s is: it is the CEO’s job to increase the shareholder value of the company. Since taking the position Ballmer has decreased shareholder value, as reflected by stock price, by -56.63%. That. Is. Not. Good.

Windows Phone 7 (despite its horrible name) has been interesting to watch, and is one of the mobile platforms I was considering a move to for a short while, but unfortunately I don’t see the value from the platform like I continue to see from iOS and its huge developer community. If Microsoft could right the ship and actually begin to innovate in the mobile space they could easily regain their past dominance, but with the old gaurd still at the helm I don’t see that happening. Its sad to see, but Microsoft – at least in the mobile space – is dying a slow painful death with Ballmer in the lead.

via The Brooks Review

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  • jhrogersii

    Based on reports from those who have gone hands on with the coming OS updates, Windows Phone 7 actually could end up as a very solid third-place alternative OS. They are so late to the gane that I think Gartner’s prediction that they will eventually overtake iOS in the smartphone market is a joke, but they have an opportunity to outmaneuver the even slower moving Blackberry and WebOS platforms. Once it gets to the point where all of the major features we expect from a smartphone are there and a little more refined, I think its easy of use will sway some users.