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11. Re: Evening Tech Bits Jan 15, 2013, 08:20 Beamer
killer_roach wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 23:20:
Cutter wrote on Jan 14, 2013, 22:06:
OR is going to be like 64 bit gaming, nothing will materialize for it.

And MS' worst mistake? Steve Ballmer, period.

Ballmer's not so much the issue - it's Microsoft's corporate culture that has devolved into tribalism over the past couple of decades. Nothing gets done of any consequence because nobody wants to step on another division's turf. Ballmer's a numbers guy, but he's not a manager of any sense.

Whoever ultimately replaces him will likely start with a bloodletting of most of the mid-upper-level management.

Actually, the thing Ballmer did really, really well is kill that tribalism. Like, it's mostly gone. Not entirely, but why do you think they sent the head of Windows packing? It wasn't Windows 8, for which they had no sales data yet, it was because he was the chief of the tribalism.

Ballmer has done an incredible job changing the corporate culture. But it hasn't resulted in greater earnings, and that rope is growing short.

Cutter, however, has become kind of like that guy that goes into every single THQ thread and goes "burn in hell!" Cutter goes into every Microsoft thread and says something about Ballmer. In fairness, it belongs here, but it's become a weird pattern. Search his history for "Ballmer," it's one of his most mentioned words, but people rarely engage him on it. Eh, we all have our quirk topics...
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