Multi-billion? No. Multi-million? Yes. Please explain where you made the clarification in your original post?
Last time I checked, microsoft was a multi-billion dollar company. Think we misunderstood ourselves here.
They are the 3rd player in the mobile market. The Surface (from what I have both read and seen in use) has taken of pretty well here - and certainly they are a player.
Surface is a failure. How many 3rd party manufacturers stopped making tables based on Windows RT? And did you forget about the write down on the Surface? FAIL!
And there you show your colours. These "fiasco's" were created by the clueless fanboys you seem so willing to cite. Well done.
So what's the reason Microsoft did so many U-Turns with the xbox one? It's because the amount of people that complained greatly exceeds the amount of fanboys.
Of course it did. Wow, you know VERY little of the stock market don't you. They are a publicly floated company. Therein leis the problem of voices from the uninformed such as yourself - it makes a huge difference whether it is right or wrong. Perception plays a part when it really should not.
I know a lot about stock market. And the market reacted positively to the news of a CEO that is retiring, as it did with so many other companies. Do some research please.
MS are in the strongest position they have been in for about a decade. A great portfolio with some emerging opportunities. Some awesome figures to back that up.
Nice try but if all your are going to base your argument on is perception, then you already lost. Feel free to show me how their profits are on the fall... Oh wait, you can't.
They aren't in the strongest position, they wanted to be but their CEO failed to get them there. So now it's out with him and in with someone who can turn this company for the better.
And I never made an argument that Microsoft is a failing company. On the contrary they are still fairly strong at what they do but just not where they could/should be. Balmer didn't exactly fail at his job but he also didn't excel. And so it's time to replace him with someone else. It's just business people, no reason to get all worked up about it.