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#16 crazzy88ss

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Posted 25 January 2013 - 22:46

ballmer needs to go


#17 remixedcat

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 00:07

Sinofsky would be a way better pick then ballsack would be. I never liked ballmer and I really liked Sinofsky

#18 BeerFan

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:12

Most of us are just judging him by his extravagant silliness in some public appearances. I'd be willing to bet that as a top dog in the company, he's a force to be reckoned with. Smart, shrewd, and driven. Yes, I think he's underestimated. Or more accurately, overshadowed by his public persona.

Is he the right person for the job? That's a different question entirely.

#19 chrisj1968

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:19

well what's the score now sonny? he's at the helm for 2 botched Windows operating systems...

Vista and now windows 8

windows 8-- http://www.neowin.ne...#entry595480208

#20 Nashy

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:40

I don't think he's bad, but I think he's overrated.

#21 BeerFan

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:46

Funny you left Windows 7 out of there.

And, there's this, sonny:

As of 2012, his personal wealth is estimated at $15.7 billion, ranking him number 19 on the Forbes 400.[2]



#22 1941

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 03:50

He is just a man doing a job. It is not like he coded Windows 8 or anything. Any one with a MBA could do his job.

#23 vcfan

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 04:02

He is one of the greatest CEOs ever.

#24 GuJu

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Posted 26 January 2013 - 16:17

that ninja overrated. you know whos underrated? DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS DEVELOPERS!!!!

#25 Growled

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:28

He is one of the greatest CEOs ever.


His record doesn't bear that out.

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:33

He is a strange one.

#27 scaramonga

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:37

METRO METRO METRO! lol

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 03:52

His record doesn't bear that out.


He hasn't done badly though:

The Good:
  • Windows XP
  • XBox
  • XBox 360
  • Windows 7
  • Office 2007
  • Office 2010
  • Bing
  • Azure
  • Kinect
  • Halo (via Bungie)
  • .NET and SQL Server
  • Internet Explorer (post IE8)
  • Windows Mobile (although it outlived it's appeal)

The bad:
  • Vista (personally didn't mind it, but it came short of what people were expecting from a 6 year wait)
  • Windows Phone (not the OS itself, but the fact that they waited so long and now have to play catch up, major screw up)
  • Expression developer tools
  • Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8
  • Windows Live Social Networking BS
  • Kin
  • Zune

I didn't include Windows 8 because we don't really know how that's going to turn out yet. It may be a gamble that pays off, but IMO Ballmer has done good by the established Microsoft cornerstones (OS, Office, Developers) and made themselves pretty much the biggest name in console gaming. Where he's repeatedly failing though is steering MS into new markets, or markets that MS have left open for competitors (i.e. smartphones, web browser). Overall though, profits are up year-on-year, MS are barely losing ground in their established markets. They couldn't ask for much more in a CEO.

Is he the best CEO ever? Hardly, but he's far from the worst. I mean, he could be Trevor Moore (UK business man who, in CEO positions, helped steer two of the UK's biggest companies into administration).

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:01

He needs to get some anti-persperant baaaaaad



I think those are shadows, brah, not sweat spots.

#30 remixedcat

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Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:31

I think those are shadows, brah, not sweat spots.


those are awfully big and promenant shadows brah