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#1 Nomad_

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 12:54

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Steve Ballmer was forced out of his CEO chair by Microsoft's board of directors, who hit the roof when the company took a $900 million write-off to account for an oversupply of the firm's struggling Surface RT tablet, an analyst argued today.

 

"He was definitely pushed out by the board," said Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst with Moor Insights & Strategy, in an interview Friday. "They either drove him out, or put him in a situation where he felt he had to leave to save face."

 

The biggest clue that Ballmer was pushed and didn't leave of his own free will was the 12-month timetable Microsoft said it would use to find a CEO successor. "Typically, a board will be working behind the scenes for a replacement, but they've given themselves 12 months," said Moorhead. "I think this went down very quickly."

 




#2 AnotherITguy

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:01

Soo does this mean Bill will be interim ceo if it takes longer than 12 months to find monkey boy's replacement?



#3 Ph1b3r0pt1c

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:02

Or maybe he got tired of reading people whining about windows 8 on neowin, and said F it.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:03

Soo does this mean Bill will be interim ceo if it takes longer than 12 months to find monkey boy's replacement?

No.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:03

Sounds logical considering the Vista fiasco and Windows 8's stupidity! To many stupid things coming out and we all know you can't fix stupid  :)



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:05

Vista was great, anybody who denies it had less than 1 GB of ram. Windows 8 on the other hand...



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:12

"Analyst" come on people, this guy knows nothing. It's his job to guess.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:13

Vista was a pile of poo, I had/have 16GB of memory, it still ran like a lame duck. More crashes than the Belgian F1 :)



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:16

Soo does this mean Bill will be interim ceo

No.

 

 

Edit : Beaten by Neobond! :p


Edited by Raa, 25 August 2013 - 13:17.


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:25

The Surface RT hardware was good/great (except the sound), the failing was the early lack of meaningful apps, a condition that has not really been rectified, and a lack of clarity. Is it for business (Office included plus keyboard) or consumers (not enough app support).

 

Also Windows 8, should have been what Windows 8.1 looks like it will be. Just running Windows 8.1 preview on it feels like a hardware upgrade. That's how bad Windows 8 RT RTM was. And if for consumers, the whole lack of syncing with desktop and the state of Xbox Music/Video were/are just inexcusable.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:27

Vista was great, anybody who denies it had less than 1 GB of ram. Windows 8 on the other hand...

 

I understand a lot of people don't like Modern UI. I hated it myself, and am currently lukewarm. 8.1 will play much better with the Desktop Environment.

 

But seriously, are you saying Vista was a better OS than the Windows 8 Desktop Environment?



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:29

If the Surface was such a failure, why are they working on a Surface 2? :p



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:31

Vista was a pile of poo, I had/have 16GB of memory, it still ran like a lame duck. More crashes than the Belgian F1 :)

 

And I ran it on 8GB of RAM and had absolutely no problems..



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:32

If the Surface was such a failure, why are they working on a Surface 2? :p

In hopes it will do better than Surface 1.   



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 13:33

If the Surface was such a failure, why are they working on a Surface 2? :p

 

900M is a lot to just let go. They still have the name brand established, Windows 8.1 which makes Surface RT much better, and the marketing, people are still paying attention, just not buying it, yet. And 900M is harder to let go of than a CEO.