Microsoft holding real and virtual shareholder meeting Nov. 28

It's been a very busy 2012 for Microsoft, with the launch of a number of new products and services including Windows 8. On November 28, Microsoft will be holding its annual shareholders meeting at its headquarters in Redmond, Washington, where in theory the company's shareholders can learn about what's going on at Microsoft and ask questions to its management.

In a post on the Microsoft on the Issues blog, the company revealed that for the first time, Microsoft shareholders who cannot physically attend the meeting can still participate in a virtual shareholders meeting. The blog states that " ... shareholders of record can vote and ask questions online during the meeting in real time." The blog adds that Microsoft is now accepting questions to the company's management ahead of time, either via email or through the company's shareholder forum.

During the shareholder's meeting in 2011, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer declared, "We are in the Windows era" nearly a year before the launch of Windows 8. However, the company was highly criticized at the time for only allowing 15 minutes for shareholders to ask questions. We suspect that many stock owners will have questions for Ballmer about the sales of Windows 8, the launch of the Surface and the recent departure of Windows head man Steven Sinofsky.

Source: Microsoft on the Issues | Image via Microsoft

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It's the JIGSAW interface of Windows 8. It is awful. Well, this part is in metro, that isn't. FULL SCREEN APPS. THE GOD AWFUL START SCREEN. It's like someone took the worst parts of a mobile operating system and stuck them on a desktop counterpart. Not to mention, the in-system advertising. Jesus... That is awful. A lot of these metro apps should be only for a mobile device. A lot of people who use Windows 7, and love it, have desktops. They want a desktop equivalent. NOT THE METRO MOBILE VERSION. Did Microsoft think no one was going to notice that they just wrote one version of quintessential programs and tried to tailor it to desktop computers? Is Microsoft just trying to be cheap? I should be paid for how many times I've complained about every thing that is wrong with Windows 8. Are the developers too out of touch? Out of touch for a touchscreen UI... There is a great joke there. The App Changer Window. The WiFi Window. They are coded to look like Metro on the desktop. WTF?

Microsoft needs to focus on what is essential. Make desktop equivalents to the new emerging apps that are becoming essential. Messaging. Notifications. Contacts. SEPARATE METRO FROM WINDOWS ALL TOGETHER. MAKE A DESKTOP APP FOR THEIR STORE. THE END. ALL IS FORGIVEN.

Pulagatha said,
It's SEPARATE METRO FROM WINDOWS ALL TOGETHER. MAKE A DESKTOP APP FOR THEIR STORE. THE END. ALL IS FORGIVEN.

That is effectively Windows 7. They still sell windows 7 so you have your wish. No one is forcing you to do anything you don't want to.

Brian Burke said,

That is effectively Windows 7. They still sell windows 7 so you have your wish. No one is forcing you to do anything you don't want to.

They destroyed Windows 7. It simply needed to be improved not redesigned half way through. A lot of things they are trying to implement are not valued by the customer. They're valued by someone who as far as the interface is concerned just wants to force the customer to look at or buy something. This operating system stinks of desperation. People hate that. But hey, I'm sure this is only going to get better with each day Windows 8 is out. There are whole companies that I think are going to start forcing Microsoft to make more considerate choices, so they don't have to worry about their product. That said, I know it's got to be tough to be at Microsoft right now.