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Kicking Bill Gates Off The Board Is The Best Thing Microsoft Can Do
Business Insider ^ | 01/31/2014 | Julie Bort

Posted on 01/31/2014 7:04:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Microsoft is an insanely profitable company standing on the edge of disaster. It desperately needs new thinking. With word that 22-year Microsoft veteran Satya Nadella is likely the new CEO, attention turns to the leadership of the company's board of directors. It will have two former CEOs, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

So new thinking is unlikely to come from them.

In fact, Gates has a track record of huge strategic errors that have cost the company years of progress in market share. Here's why he should be the one to go:

1. Gates' world was: Go slow. Microsoft needs to change its corporate culture. Today’s tech companies try to move fast and fail. They can fail because they move fast, which means that they can fix a mistake as fast as they create one. Microsoft has a historical culture of moving slow and not failing. That comes from a time when people installed software once very three years. Times have changed. Now companies deliver software via the cloud and can add or roll back new features every day.

2. He almost missed the Internet. The Internet rose during Gates time as CEO, and he actually wasn't an Internet visionary. He entered the browser market long after Netscape, for example. His efforts to catch up and crush Netscape led Microsoft into an epic antitrust judgement and 10 years of oversight by the Department of Justice. Ultimately Microsoft’s Internet products (browsers, web servers to development tools) did well and grabbed lots of market share. But Microsoft and Gates didn’t lead here, they followed, and almost disastrously so.

3. Speaking of the Internet, there’s Bing. Bing is a fine service, but Microsoft will never beat Google by being a me-too search site. New leadership needs to figure that out.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: billgates; commoncore; eugenics; gmo; microsoft; monsanto; nsa; nwo; stealthinfertility; sterilization; vaccines
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1 posted on 01/31/2014 7:04:43 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No, the best thing Windows could do is make a version of Windows that works and doesn’t need patching every five seconds.


2 posted on 01/31/2014 7:12:24 PM PST by doc1019
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To: SeekAndFind
He entered the browser market long after Netscape, for example.

He entered the networking market long after Unix/BSD!

3 posted on 01/31/2014 7:16:06 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am a linux user, and generally spare no opportunity to talk smack about MS, but one area where they excell is the quality of their programming language documentation. It’s top notch.


4 posted on 01/31/2014 7:16:31 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: SeekAndFind
Gates has found his visionary role solving hard problems like poverty, illness, education

!?

5 posted on 01/31/2014 7:17:23 PM PST by jtal (Runnin' a World in Need with White Folks' Greed - since 1492)
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To: SeekAndFind

Create a conclusion first and then fit the reality to it. Gates is resigning from Chairmanship voluntarily. Don’t need the hassle.


6 posted on 01/31/2014 7:18:00 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious! We reserve the right to serve refuse to anyone!)
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To: doc1019
No, the best thing Windows could do is make a version of Windows that works and doesn’t need patching every five seconds.

First thing I did with my last new PC, Windows 8 on it, was boot it up and turn off automatic updates. I don't trust the updates for reliability or security until someone else has used them without a problem. I've not installed a single update since I bought this one over 2 years ago (or thereabouts). Works fine.

7 posted on 01/31/2014 7:18:39 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: SeekAndFind
Ultimately Microsoft’s Internet products (browsers, web servers to development tools) did well

Stopped reading right there.

Told a 13 year old neighbor kid that if IE could ask to be his default browser, he could ask the cute girl to go out with him...

/johnny

8 posted on 01/31/2014 7:20:03 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

If I was his age and had his money, the last thing I’d be doing is going to work every day. Life comes around faster than you think, remember Steve Jobs.


9 posted on 01/31/2014 7:22:14 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Liberalism is a social disease.)
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To: jtal

IOW....Eugenics.


10 posted on 01/31/2014 7:24:20 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: ChildOfThe60s

I haven’t had the auto update turned on in years. Like you, I wait for reports from others before I update and I have had just about every version of Windows since 3.0.


11 posted on 01/31/2014 7:25:21 PM PST by doc1019
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To: SeekAndFind

Bill Gates is a smelly little ape. I detest the man. His products, e.g., Word, try to tell me what to do, and it is hard to overcome the defaults in his software. He is a totalitarian.


12 posted on 01/31/2014 7:25:42 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: doc1019
No, the best thing Windows could do is make a version of Windows that works and doesn’t need patching every five seconds.

There's a way to do that: formal verification — with which you can prove there are no security holes or bugs.
There's Ironsides, which is a small proof that it can be done and the first (to my knowledge) formally verified Domain Name Server.

13 posted on 01/31/2014 7:27:31 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

>> Ultimately Microsoft’s Internet products (browsers, web servers to development tools) did well
>
> Stopped reading right there.

Ah, come on — IE 5 was a really good browser in its time.
It was IE 6, IIRC, that was when the quality took a nose-dive.


14 posted on 01/31/2014 7:29:40 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What is conveniently left out of the article is that Microsoft would have faced antitrust action by the Justice Department for any horizontal or vertical expansion...eg in fact did get slammed for it’s browser packaging.


15 posted on 01/31/2014 7:31:04 PM PST by Cyman (We have to pass it to see what's in it= definition of stool sample)
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To: SeekAndFind

Euthanizing the devil would have been more appropriate.


16 posted on 01/31/2014 7:33:40 PM PST by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est. New US economy: Fascism on top, Socialism on the bottom.)
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To: SeekAndFind

A lot of very successful people are one trick ponies. You see it in the arts a lot where an artist is new and avant garde, only to never change for the next 50 years (if they live that long).

Gates is and always was a one trick pony. It made him incredibly rich, but didn’t make him incredibly smart. There are a lot of those, but their cookie cutter approach works for decades or across markets.


17 posted on 01/31/2014 7:35:07 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: OneWingedShark
The most common use for IE is to download a Mozilla variant.

/johnny

18 posted on 01/31/2014 7:35:36 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: grumpygresh
Come on, he did well at what he did, which is to sell software and make money for his stockholders.

Be grateful he was into selling software, and not suppositories, or we'd all walk funny today.

/johnny

19 posted on 01/31/2014 7:37:50 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

death by vaccine. his family roots in planned parenthood.


20 posted on 01/31/2014 7:40:39 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Secret Agent Man

Prezactly. :-)


21 posted on 01/31/2014 7:42:08 PM PST by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: SeekAndFind

Gates has always been vastly overrated. He got where he is by slimy business dealings not technical genius.


22 posted on 01/31/2014 7:43:35 PM PST by Ray76 (How modern liberals think: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaE98w1KZ-c)
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23 posted on 01/31/2014 7:44:20 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: jtal

did he solve those things?

lol


24 posted on 01/31/2014 7:50:55 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: martin_fierro
He entered the networking market long after Unix/BSD!

And in the early '80s Microsoft fell well behind Lotus 1-2-3 in electronic spread sheet sales, the software programs that really moved PCs into common business usage. Took them at least ten years to catch up in that application.

25 posted on 01/31/2014 7:53:26 PM PST by Will88
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To: martin_fierro
He entered the networking market long after Unix/BSD!

He entered networking market with Windows for Workgroups. That was 3.11, and the year was about 1992. He only supported Novell's Netware shares, and Windows' own, inefficient SMB shares. TCP was not developed by MS until Windows 95, and even then they heavily borrowed from BSD.

MS did see value in networking at the workplace. TCP/IP was not necessary for that because workplaces were small, and I don't recall Netware ever needing TCP/IP; they had their own IPX. Because of that Windows did not lead in networking - it was merely filling the needs that became blatantly obvious to any observer. Even that was done slowly.

BG never was in favor of Internet - this was against his ideas that he expressed in his book. He claimed "information under your fingertips," but that information was supposed to be purchased by every customer, and it should come on a CD. Microsoft produced Encarta, which was one of such CDs. There were answering services at Compuserve and other early BBS-like systems. Today one does not need such products, because a quick Google search will tell you more about care and feeding of anteaters, or of any other exotic critter, than you will ever find on a carefully balanced and proofread CD. BG was afraid of anything that he personally could not control; he sat idly on Internet interfaces (which is TCP/IP) for way too long.

26 posted on 01/31/2014 7:59:00 PM PST by Greysard
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To: SeekAndFind

gotta watch these Indians , they are taking over .

India is overflowing , spilling out into the entire world .
Anyone been to India ? Then you know what concerns me .


27 posted on 01/31/2014 8:00:30 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Will88

RE: And in the early ‘80s Microsoft fell well behind Lotus 1-2-3 in electronic spread sheet sales

Microsoft killed the 1-2-3 product with Excel, now the spreadsheet standard that almost everyone is using.

Microsoft also killed WordPerfect with MS- Word, now the word processing standard that almost everyone is using.

Need I mention Powerpoint, which almost everyone uses for slide shows?

As for networking, what ever happened to the once popular Novel Netware? Microsoft killed them too.


28 posted on 01/31/2014 8:01:52 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: Will88

MS ripped off everything everyone else did.


29 posted on 01/31/2014 8:02:27 PM PST by I got the rope
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To: LeoWindhorse
"India is overflowing , spilling out into the entire world . Anyone been to India ? Then you know what concerns me."

China, India, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore - they are the future, we are the past. Obama and the Dems want it that way. Common Core is designed to make it that way.
30 posted on 01/31/2014 8:09:45 PM PST by Steve_Seattle
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To: SeekAndFind

Bill Gates should be EXILED to his”Garage”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


31 posted on 01/31/2014 8:11:37 PM PST by bandleader
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To: JRandomFreeper

> The most common use for IE is to download a Mozilla variant.

Well, yes — now.
But back then, IE 5 was a good browser; don’t you remember? It wasn’t that long ago.


32 posted on 01/31/2014 8:12:50 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Microsoft also killed WordPerfect with MS- Word, now the word processing standard that almost everyone is using.

I still use WordPerfect.

33 posted on 01/31/2014 8:13:39 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
Bill Gates is a smelly little ape.

Darn cocky about it too.

34 posted on 01/31/2014 8:18:54 PM PST by Stentor (Maybe the Goldman Sachs thing is just a coincidence.)
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To: OneWingedShark

Unless you have to use some web-based apps that were designed using MS proprietary standards that were designed to only work in IE6 and have since been modified to “work” in newer versions of IE.


35 posted on 01/31/2014 8:37:38 PM PST by matt04
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To: SeekAndFind
Does no one at all remember how microsoft used what was called "competitive upgrades" to syphon customers from Lotus, WordPerfect, and Harvard Graphics? They didn't charge $300 for MS-Office, because they had the huge cash cow of MS-Windows bringing the money in so they could undersell everyone else and drive them out of business.

Does no one remember the fake error messages windows would generate if it detected you were running DR-DOS?

Does no one remember what microsoft did once they'd driven netscape out of the market? How long did IE 5 hang around with practically no work or improvements being done to it. How long did it take them to finally incorporate TABS into their crappy browsers? People who talk about microsoft innovations have short memories.

I hate microsoft because their software is a bunch of bug ridden virus magnets, and because of all the huge roadblocks microsoft has created over the years to hinder interoperability.

36 posted on 01/31/2014 8:39:58 PM PST by zeugma (Is it evil of me to teach my bird to say "here kitty, kitty"?)
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To: matt04
Unless you have to use some web-based apps that were designed using MS proprietary standards that were designed to only work in IE6 and have since been modified to “work” in newer versions of IE.

Who's talking about IE 6?
I mentioned IE 5; which was pretty good compared to the other browsers of its time. That's all.

37 posted on 01/31/2014 8:46:59 PM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: jtal
Gates has found his visionary role solving hard problems like poverty, illness, education
!?

Probably.written by a Microsoft shareholder. Translation: "Bill, you are doing a wonderful job solving world poverty - now get off the Microsoft Board, and concentrate on your new job (and leave Microsoft alone)"

38 posted on 01/31/2014 8:52:46 PM PST by El Cid (Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house...)
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To: Steve_Seattle

This then is America!
The land God blesses with everything
And no Effel Tower: no Taj Mahal;
No Alps; No Andes;
No native hut; nor Royal Palace -
Can rival her awesome beauty,
Her diverse population, her monolithic majesty.
America the Free!
America the mighty!
America the beautiful!

Charlie Daniels - My Beautiful America
All those up and coming ‘dragons’ ....stand in line
They never paid the costs . Soon , we will take this country back and restore Her to Her rightful place in this world and screw all these progressive scum .


39 posted on 01/31/2014 8:52:51 PM PST by LeoWindhorse
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To: Steve_Seattle

Have you met Gates?


40 posted on 01/31/2014 9:02:02 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: Aria

You wouldn’t want to interfere with the hate fest, would you?


41 posted on 01/31/2014 9:18:03 PM PST by FreedomOfExpression
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To: FreedomOfExpression

HA!

My brother in law met him - thought he seemed like an unassuming guy. Another relative works at the Gates Foundation where the goal is to give away all the money. My relative is very happy there.


42 posted on 01/31/2014 9:24:42 PM PST by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Microsoft has a historical culture of moving slow and not failing.”

I’d like to visit the alternate universe the author appears to be visiting from. Perhaps, he’ll let me use his worm hole.

Microsoft has a historical culture of shipping half-finished product out the door, then using service packs to fix the bugs. Most people know that a new Windows version is actually still in beta testing; and you have to wait for SP2 (at least) to have a product that’s ready for prime time.

A couple of decades ago, I read a book contrasting the MS culture, with that of IBM. IBM really did move slowly, and methodically (comes with the mainframe business). MS was known to rush things to market, and patch over the problems after they’d gotten the jump on competitors.


43 posted on 01/31/2014 10:15:37 PM PST by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: OneWingedShark
"I still use WordPerfect."

Holy hell! You mean there's two of you??

44 posted on 01/31/2014 11:15:54 PM PST by Edward Teach
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To: Edward Teach
Holy hell! You mean there's two of you??

I actually like WP — it's what I use to make my brochures and my [amateur] writing.
I think Corel could wipe the floor with MicroSoft if they took a little bit of a gamble and rewrote it in Ada w/ formal verification: this would make it extremely portable and ensure it free of errors. (Imagine being able to say our program cannot cause your computer to crash, and no bad input will cause the program to crash.)

45 posted on 02/01/2014 12:00:43 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Steve_Seattle
Bill Gates is a smelly little ape. I detest the man. His products, e.g., Word, try to tell me what to do, and it is hard to overcome the defaults in his software. He is a totalitarian.

Untold millions of people use Bill Gates' Office Suite. You don't like it so you call him names. And HE is the totalitarian... Really? What have you done with YOUR life, squib?

46 posted on 02/01/2014 12:36:19 AM PST by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*ou)
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To: 1010RD
A lot of very successful people are one trick ponies.

That is truly an original and thoughtful observation. I quite like it.

47 posted on 02/01/2014 12:41:01 AM PST by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*ou)
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To: OneWingedShark
I still use WordPerfect

So do I. Since the days when you used the Word install floppies as coasters (and there was no such thing as Windoze..)

48 posted on 02/01/2014 2:06:09 AM PST by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s too late for Microsoft to ever resurrect its early success. There just aren’t enough MS employees who care anymore. Once a company loses its entrepreneurial spirit, it’s on a downhill slide.


49 posted on 02/01/2014 2:24:07 AM PST by Rum Tum Tugger
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To: Will88
Yep, that's about right regarding the timeline of Lotus 123 versus MS Excel spreadsheets. Lotus kicked off the spreadsheet application but never really innovated on the HMI side. The innovator was the Quatro spreadsheet that brought tabbed workbooks and the ability to link between workbooks. MS Excel became dominant not because of a superior product but because of the MS Office bundling.

I am radically ticked off using MS Office now because the latest incarnation of Office and Windows 8.X have thrown KISS out in favor of HMI chaos.

50 posted on 02/01/2014 3:01:40 AM PST by Hootowl99
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