Microsoft upgrading from Ballmer 1.0 to Ballmer 2.0, in about a year

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 12:26 Written by admin Friday, 23 August 2013 12:26

Steve Ballmer, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer, will only be using his current title for the next 12 months or so. Plans of his retirement were made public today, fueling a small company stock boost. Say what you will, but that’s got to hurt, although I’m sure that Ballmer can take a pounding.

The Microsoft board is tasked with finding Ballmer 2.0, while the previous version is transitioning out of the company. But will the next CEO be an upgrade or a downgrade? Ballmer 1.0 says it’s the right time to move on. It might not be the perfect time, but it’s the right time. THE. RIGHT. TIME. Is it?

I’m afraid that Ballmer is simply a scapegoat of sorts. The WORLD has been crying for a change in Microsoft’s strategy and focus, and Ballmer was an easy target when it came to throwing blame around on why the Redmond company failed to be a leader in search, tablets, mobile, social…

But Ballmer was never a visionary. He is the guy who wanted the DVD writer instead of the thin design. He is the guy who wanted a keyboard on his mobile phone. He is the guy that wanted Windows to continue powering the world. He simply lacked the vision it took to understand that sometime you have to forget everything you know, throw all the models that produced piles and piles of billions of $, to take a step back, just to be able to leap forward, and to push the entire IT industry along the way.

And when you blame Ballmer for lack of vision is like blaming Steve Jobs for not making affordable, and design-compromising, one-size-fits-all products. It’s pure nonsense. It’s really not his fault. This doesn’t mean that he wasn’t a great CEO. Not by a long shot.

Personally, I think that it’s a mistake to have Ballmer step down, and I don’t buy the fact that it was his idea. What should have happened is restricting his control on Microsoft’s strategy birthed by a true visionary, say like… now what’s his name… Ray Ozzie.

It’s funny to me to recall a time when Ozzie was pushing hard to get Microsoft into the Cloud. And really funny, to have Ballmer talk about Microsoft becoming a devices and services company.

If you want to blame Ballmer for something, blame him for being the poster child for the PC guy. The anti-Apple epitome. The Steve without the Jobs.

Steve: ”

I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center.

This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and engineering areas, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Microsoft is an amazing place. I love this company. I love the way we helped invent and popularize computing and the PC. I love the bigness and boldness of our bets. I love our people and their talent and our willingness to accept and embrace their range of capabilities, including their quirks. I love the way we embrace and work with other companies to change the world and succeed together. I love the breadth and diversity of our customers, from consumer to enterprise, across industries, countries, and people of all backgrounds and age groups.

I am proud of what we have achieved. We have grown from $7.5 million to nearly $78 billion since I joined Microsoft, and we have grown from employing just over 30 people to almost 100,000. I feel good about playing a role in that success and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way. We have more than 1 billion users and earn a great profit for our shareholders. We have delivered more profit and cash return to shareholders than virtually any other company in history.

I am excited by our mission of empowering the world and believe in our future success. I cherish my Microsoft ownership, and look forward to continuing as one of Microsoft’s largest owners.

This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most.

Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let’s do ourselves proud.

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Julie Larson-Green Replaces Steven Sinofsky as Top Windows Boss

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 01:39 Written by admin Tuesday, 13 November 2012 01:39

Julie Larson-Green has replaced Steven Sinofsky as the Windows and Windows Live President, according to Microsoft. The move is unexpected to say the least, and Julie certainly has a bumpy ride to look forward to. She’s taking the Windows helm in a time when the division is underperforming and selling less and less of the company’s flagship product.

It’s unclear whether Sinofsky’s departure has anything to do with the drop in Windows sales, or the modest selling performance of Surface tablets. However, people close to the Redmond company are revealing that at fault might be key vision disparities between Sinofsky and other top Microsoft executives, including CEO Steve Ballmer. Nothing is confirmed, of course, and such details will most likely remain unconfirmed for a long time to come, unless Sinofsky writes his memoirs, or there’s a Windows 8 Easter egg that tell the true story.

Larson-Green managed to drive a lot of innovation that impacted products such as Office and Windows 7. She’s credited for pushing natural user interfaces such as Ribbon/Fluent for Office, and she oversaw the UX evolution of Windows 8 and its predecessor, Windows 7.

Larson-Green’s immediate focus is to whip Windows Blue, the successor of Windows 8, into shape, and continue with Windows 9, two operating system releases reportedly due in 2013 and in 2014, respectively.

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Download Free Windows 8 RTM Enterprise 90-day Evaluation

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:57 Written by admin Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:57

As you might already know, MSDN and TechNet subscribers have received the RTM bits of the latest Windows release as of August 15, 2012. If you’re a paying subscriber then log into your account and download the gold release of Windows 8. Download it here.
Microsoft is also offering Windows 8 RTM to more users, provided that they’re fine with running the Enterprise SKU of the operating system only for a limited period of time. Essentially, the Windows 8 RTM Enterprise 90-day evaluation release enables you to test drive the platform for a full three months. After 90 days since installation, the evaluation edition will expire, at which point you’ll need to do a clean install, since there’s no upgrading from this version of the OS.
This evaluation provides a 90-day trial of Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available as ISO images in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish. In order to use this evaluation, you must register and the product must be activated online with Microsoft-hosted activation and validation services. Microsoft does not provide technical support for this software.
The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.
To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed from your original installation media.
Consider running the evaluation edition in a virtual environment or installing on a separate hard drive or partition. The will allow you to upgrade your original Windows installation to Windows 8.
During registration (required) you must login with a Microsoft account and provide your name, e-mail address and country.
You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing.
Once the evaluation is installed, you cannot upgrade. To revert to a previous version of Windows, you must do a clean install from your original installation media.
Back up your files and settings before installing this evaluation and again prior to the 90-day expiration.
Upon installation, you will have 10 days to activate this evaluation online. Windows will prompt you to activate. A product key is not required for this software.
You must complete activation before August 15, 2013, to use this evaluation.
Once you activate, you have up to 90 days to use the software. You can track the amount of time you have left by referring to the “watermark” in the lower right corner of the Windows desktop.
If you fail to activate this evaluation within the 10-day grace period, or if your evaluation period expires, the desktop background will turn black, you will see a persistent desktop notification indicating that the system is not genuine, and the PC will shut down every hour losing unsaved work.
Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8. A clean installation is required.

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