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  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Microsoft CEO One of the Least Accepted (Even for Criminal Companies)
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 02:28:20 +0000
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The Best-Performing CEOs in the World


End of the road for Steve Ballmer?

,----[ Quote ]
| NewsWeek writes, "Microsoft stock has 
| dropped by nearly 50 per cent on his 
| watch, lagging not just other tech 
| companies but even the Dow Jones 
| industrial average. Distracted by the 
| Windows Vista fiasco, Ballmer has missed 
| every big new tech market of the past 
| decade." 


Is Ballmer Bad News For Microsoft (MSFT)

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| According to insiders, Steve Ballmer has 
| not been able to come up with any 
| revolutionary ideas. Even within 
| Microsoft, such feeling is palpable. If 
| Microsoft wants to counter Apple and 
| Google, it needs to go for a complete 
| overhaul.


Ex-Microsoftie: Company today 'a lot like IBM was in 1985'


Microsoft now stagnant, says former executive


Cloud wars: what you should know when the dust settles

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| Itâs been well reported that Microsoft is 
| prepping for the upteenth fight-to-the-
| finish of its career, this time for 
| dominance of the cloud frontier against 
| arch-rival Google.



Magazine Predicts Ballmer Will Get Canned In 2010

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| 2010 will be the year when shareholders finally
| decide they've had enough of Microsoft
| (NSDQ:MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer, Newsweek said in
| its Predictions For 2010 report issued this
| week.
| Newsweek noted that Microsoft's stock has fallen
| almost 50 percent since Ballmer ascended to the
| CEO position nearly a decade ago and claimed
| that distractions like Windows Vista have kept
| Ballmer from moving into "every new big tech
| market of the past decade."



Time for Ozzie to Replace Balmer at Microsoft?

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| "I have avoided MSFT for some time as too expensive. If you do the math,
| ownerâs earnings have been 2-4% even though revenues have grown since 1997
| and the stock was very flat. However, since 2006, they have been buying back
| stock and Net Income has risen so that 2009 is forecasted to be ~$2.20. With
| the stock under $20shr I began looking about for information and found that
| Ray Ozzie wants to remake MSFT into a start-up mode.
| Just who is Ray Ozzie and what is the deal?


Ballmer ordered to testify in 'Vista' case

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| A federal judge ordered Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to testify in a
| class-action lawsuit revolving around Microsoft's marketing prior to the
| launch of its Windows Vista operating system.


Does Ballmer Need To Go?

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| Microsoftâs dramatic decision this weekend to withdraw its offer for Yahoo
| and not pursue a hostile bid raises a whole host of questions. What happens
| to Yahoo now? What happens to Microsoft? Or is this just a tactic to drive
| down the price of Yahooâs shares so that Microsoft can go hostile with a
| lower offer? And if the deal really is dead, does Steve Ballmer need to start
| looking for a new job?


Hey! Ho! Time for Ballmer to Go?

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| The investment community likes Steve Ballmer. He's competent, aggressive and
| occasionally crazy. He's been at Microsoft's helm for eight years, during
| which time the technology landscape has drastically changed several times
| over. And although Microsoft hasn't always kept up, it has remained
| ridiculously profitable.


Make the wrong choice on Yahoo, and Ballmer could lose his job

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| Microsoft's board yesterday gave CEO Steve Ballmer "broad discretion" to
| decide on his own whether Microsoft should raise its offer for Yahoo,
| initiate a proxy fight for the company or walk away, the Wall Street Journal
| reports. That means if Ballmer makes the wrong call, it could cost him his
| job.


Microsoft Should Fire Steve Ballmer, or Hire SuperNanny. Or Both.

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| What should happen is this: Ballmer should re-canvass Yahoo's largest
| shareholders and ask what firm price in cash would get them on-board, and
| then offer it. No more futzing through middlemen bankers, just ask and
| deliver. I doubt this will happen -- Ballmer is caught up among internal
| politics, his own increasing impotence, and childish Yahoo intransigence --
| so he is stuck and looking more and like someone who keeps threatening to
| ground his kids, but never does. As we have all learned from watching
| SuperNanny, the trouble is rarely with the kids; it's almost always the
| nitwit parents.
| Such is the case here, so my recipe for action? Fire Ballmer. Think how
| quickly things would change at Microsoft, and in this deal. And then hire
| SuperNanny and film some Microsoft meetings. I'd watch.


Steve Ballmer's Nine Year Retirement Plan

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| Bill Gates is retiring from Microsoft this year and the exec he left in
| charge, Steve Ballmer, is ready to leave in nine years.


Does Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer need an intervention?

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| Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may need an intervention before this obsession
| with Yahooâwhich is really about an obsession over Googleâspins out of
| control.


Is Microsoft's Ballmer a bad dealmaker?

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| The bid for Yahoo that helped sink the market value of Microsoft (MSFT) by
| more than $20 billion in one day in early February is one of the latest in a
| string of acquisitions and major investment stakes Microsoft has initiated
| since CEO Steve Ballmer took over in 2000 that have been punished by the
| stock market as misjudgments.
| "Some learn more quickly than others. It doesn't look like Mr. Ballmer is
| learning that quickly," says UCLA Anderson School of Management professor
| Richard Roll, lead author of a study that analyzed 11 years of merger and
| acquisition announcements by 2,589 CEOs at 1,740 U.S. companies.


UCLA Professor: Microsoft CEO Ballmer a âhubris-infected serial acquirerâ with
dismal track record


Bear Stearns's Advice To Microsoft

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| Co-founder Bill Gates can't be thrilled with watching
| Ballmer drain the company's cash. He didn't get so rich by buying at the top
| ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
| of the market.


Microsoft says to borrow money for Yahoo deal

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| Microsoft Corp said on Monday it may borrow money for the first time in its
| history to fund a portion of its $44.6 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo
| Inc.


Microsoft's DreamSpark â What a Giveaway

,----[ Quote ]
| The rest of the $44.6bn (Â22.3bn) deal would be financed with an undisclosed
| amount of credit.
| What that means is that it must squeeze as much money as it can from its
| operations to fund that debt and still pay dividends to shareholders, who
| will be looking for some payback from the Yahoo takeover. Giving away
| software is the last thing it would want to do in these circumstances, and
| the DreamSpark announcement shows just how worried it is about the future.


Will Deal-Making Chiefs Ever Learn? Maybe.

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| Mr. Ballmer was considered a âhubris-infectedâ chief under the studyâs
| definition, because of Microsoftâs value-destroying deal to invest $100
| million in Vertical Net in 2000. He followed up with deals for Intertainer
| and BroadBand Office, which were also followed by below-market returns for
| shareholders.
| In all, Mr. Ballmer made 15 deals between 2000 and 2002, with an average
| market-adjusted shareholder return of negative 4.59 percent.


Mergers of Corporate Giants Not Likely to Benefit Consumers

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| âThere is little if any evidence that increased corporate size in
| already-large national and international firms produces greater technological
| innovation,â writes Elizabeth Sanders, Professor of Government at Cornell
| University. âTo the contrary, it probably leads to less, given lower
| competitive pressures, and the starving of research in debt-burdened
| companies.â


Can Ballmer pilot Microsoft through a changed tech course?

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| Can Ballmer steer Microsoft out of the roadblocks?
| The highly competitive Ballmer, you might say, is the man who cried "nice."
| And like the boy who cried wolf, no one believed him. The software giant's
| attempt to make nice with much of the developer community by opening up its
| APIs for key products was greeted with a jaundiced eye by regulators at the
| powerful European Commission.
| However sincere Microsoft's stated change of heart may be, it is becoming
| clearer and clearer that Microsoft -- which knows it has to change -- is
| still struggling to find a fresher path.
| What's a poor CEO to do?
| Now that Bill Gates has effectively left the building, Ballmer is free to
| transform Microsoft, a job made all the tougher by the enormous reservoir of
| mistrust the company has engendered over the years.
| Case in point: the open APIs. Microsoft will give its competitors free access
| to the application programming interfaces and protocols it uses to ensure
| interoperability between its own products, a very significant change in
| business practices.


EU May Fine Microsoft Over Antitrust Case, People Say

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| The fine may be announced as soon as Feb. 27, said the people, who declined
| to be identified because the decision isn't public. Microsoft said in a Jan.
| 24 U.S. regulatory filing that the penalty may be as much as 1.5 billion
| euros ($2.2 billion).


Microsoft's Last Big Beat: Internet Domination or Death

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| What can $44.6B USD mean? Well, for Microsoft (MSFT) it may mean the cost of
| survival.


Will Microsoft Survive the Next 10 Years?

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| I am not really an expert in this but when I read all the negative
| headlines and articles I ask myself if Microsoft really will survive
| the next 10 years.
| [...]
| I am pretty sure that the Open Source Community, the new Ubuntu,
| Google and of course Apple are those companies that are ready for
| our century and they will get more and more people that know what
| they really want.


P. Graham: Microsoft is Dead

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| A few days ago I suddenly realized Microsoft was dead. I was talking
| to a young startup founder about how Google was different from Yahoo.
| I said that Yahoo had been warped from the start by their fear of
| Microsoft. That was why they'd positioned themselves as a "media
| company" instead of a technology company. Then I looked at his face
| and realized he didn't understand. It was as if I'd told him how much
| girls liked Barry Manilow in the mid 80s. Barry who?
| Microsoft? He didn't say anything, but I could tell he didn't quite
| believe anyone would be frightened of them.

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