[ATTACH=RIGHT]16218[/ATTACH]According to [URL="http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-07-21/will-microsoft-ceo-steve-ballmer-be-fired-for-low-stock-price/"]Peter Laurie on The Daily Beast[/URL], Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may soon be out. Senior Microsoft executives have been discussing how to oust their leader. Dissatisfaction with Microsoft's stock performance has fueled the possible rebellion. Microsoft stock prices have fluctuated over the past few years, but the company has been unable to move back to former highs, instead remaining in the mid $20 range. One source of the stagnation may be a lack of recent innovation at the company, which is perceived as lagging in such areas as mobile devices, search engines, and cloud computing. Ballmer has spoken …

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Microsoft and Apple haven't had a great time of it recently with mobile consumers. For Microsoft, the market roundly rejected the Kin, which just about anyone who follows the cell phone market knew would happen. Meanwhile, Apple is taking it on the chin about how they are handling the iPhone 4 antenna debacle and there is clearly growing discontent among consumers. The big difference here, however is the sales picture. Apple, for whatever reason, continues to live off its reputation and sell iPhones hand over fist, while Microsoft's mobile strategy continues to flounder. [B]Microsoft's Mobile Woes Continue[/B] Microsoft has pretty …

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Sometimes you look at the morning's headlines and wonder what exactly a particular CEO was thinking when they made a certain statement. Recently we've had these gems from seasoned CEOs: [LIST] [*][URL="http://www.mediaite.com/online/yahoo-ceo-carol-bartz-tells-michael-arrington-to-fk-off-video/"]Carol Bartz told Michael Arrington of Tech Crunch to f**k off.[/URL] [*][URL="http://blogs.computerworld.com/16249/steve_ballmer_admits_microsoft_is_number_five_in_the_mobile_race"]Steve Ballmer admitted his company was number 5 in the cell phone market. [/URL] [*][URL="http://www.boygeniusreport.com/2010/06/02/hp-ceo-says-he-didnt-buy-palm-for-smartphones/"]Mark Hurd said HP didn't buy Palm to get into the smart phone market.[/URL] [/LIST] On the face of it, all three of these statements make you stand up and think that maybe the three of them went off their rocker for a moment, …

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In a strange part of what was otherwise and interesting and insightful [URL="http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/24/microsoft-ballmer-interview-exclusive-techcrunch-bing-mobile-azur/"]interview with TechCrunch[/URL] this week, [URL="http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/steve/"]Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer[/URL] went out of his way to avoid naming Google, instead referring to them repeatedly as "the incumbent." This seemed to be a deliberate strategy and left me shaking my head wondering why he couldn't refer to Google by name. (The whole interview is interesting, so I encourage you to watch it, but the part I'm referring to begins at around 6:30.) [B]The Harry Potter Strategy [/B] This reminded a bit of [URL="http://harrypotter.warnerbros.com/"]Harry Potter[/URL], where of course they refer to …

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All the glass clicking and cheers of late surrounding the apparent conversion of [URL="http://www.microsoft.com"]Microsoft[/URL] to the open source [URL="http://www.codeplex.com"]fold[/URL] needs to stop. We need the [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_war"]Cold War[/URL]. We need [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communism"]Communism[/URL]. And, yes, we need the OS Wars. Like any war, the OS Wars stimulate creativity, spark religious battles and divide the wannabes from the true innovators. Give me back the days of the Linux zealots who hate Microsoft so much that they remove Washington state from the US Map. Return me to those days of all Microsoft shops that threaten firing to anyone even uttering the word 'Linux' on company …

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You have to give Steve Ballmer and Microsoft credit. After years of sitting on the sidelines playing defense and catch-up, this year they have definitely been on offense. Whether it's the ad wars, releasing Bing, the deal with Yahoo!, the retail strategy or its latest move, a deal with Nokia , the company known for being stodgy and slow seems to have finally awaken from its decade long slumber and is attempting to define the terms of the game. To that end, Ive decided to grade Microsoft on each of these moves. [B]Ad Wars - Grade: D[/B] While the company …

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Microsoft has been active lately, showing some signs of spunk. I reported last week that Steve Ballmer was going straight after Apple at the McGraw Hill Summit (as I wrote in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry4155.html"]Ballmer Wastes No Words Going After Apple[/URL]). This week we see the release of an [URL="http://byronmiller.typepad.com/byronmiller/2009/03/new-microsoft-ad-goes-after-high-price-of-apple.html"]ad campaign comparing Apple prices with PC prices[/URL], and it actually appears that there is some cohesiveness in the Microsoft message. Ballmer says Apple's too expensive, followed by the ad campaign that reinforces that message. I know, Marketing 101, but it's a change from what we have seen from Microsoft (and a stark departure …

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All last week, Microsoft was trying desperately to shift the spotlight from Vista, the OS that has become a major liability for the software giant. To that end, Microsoft made a flurry of announcements including Azure, the newly announced cloud platform, the Windows 7 Alpha and a preliminary view of the web-based version of Microsoft Office. It's clear that Microsoft has thrown in the towel on the woeful Vista. Maybe that's why Microsoft's love fest, aka the Professional Developers Conference (PDC) last week in Los Angeles, provided a 24/7 forum to discuss a future without Vista, but like a political …

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[I]You can do one of two things; just shut up, which is something I don't find easy, or learn an awful lot very fast which is what I tried to do. ~Jane Fonda [/I] Steve Ballmer doesn't seem to have learned Jane Fonda's big life lesson. In fact, dude doesn't know when to shut up, which is fairly odd given that he is the CEO of a huge corporation. Ballmer gave a talk last week at the [URL="http://www.gartner.com/it/sym/2008/sym18/sym18.jsp"]Gartner's Symposium ITxpo[/URL] in Orlando where by all reports he let go not one, but two major gaffes (and that's just the ones …

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Bill Gates opened [URL= http://www.microsoft.com/events/TechEd2008/default.mspx] Tech-Ed 2008 Developers[/URL], its annual developers conference in Orlando, Fla., today by saying good-bye to a group the Microsoft founder said has been the company’s most important. “The success of Microsoft really is due to our relationship with developers,” he said in his keynote this morning to a room filled with about 6,000 developers. It will likely be Gates’ last speech as a full time Microsoft employee; on July 1 he’ll focus most of his efforts on the [URL= http://www.gatesfoundation.org]Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation[/URL], which gives away huge sums of the couple’s fortunes to help …

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I’ve never liked Steve Ballmer very much as president of Microsoft. I don’t know the man personally, of course, and I could never quite put my finger on my reasons for disliking him. Until today, that is, when I read an [URL= http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5hlWMAaojPTn9VWib6NSyXZ5A3ntQD90F02SO0]Associated Press story[/URL] that included allegations that the Microsoft CEO once said he wants to “kill Google.” If I heard about the quote—from which I’ve removed an obscenity—in Sept., 2005, when he supposedly said it, I must have forgotten, because it came as news to me. And it seemed to epitomize my disdain for the man who in …

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