Your company is putting out buggy software up the kazoo. I just uninstalled IE10. IT DOES NOT WORK WITH VISUAL STUDIO 2010. I installed Visual Studio 2012 and it apparently didn't install cleanly even though it gave no indications. Every time I started it up it said it was corrupted but started up anyways. Weird! SharePoint 2010 is the software I'm using at work and it is one of the most unintuitive, buggy piece of you know what. I've been in the software industry as long as you and it's getting worse. I will not upgrade anymore software! Junk, junk junk! Apple software is only slightly better as I tried to update my the music on my iTunes only to see the interface and changed and it is unintuitive also. Had to google to try and figure out how to use it. I'm turning off all updates to all software because the ethics of the software industry has turned to garbage. Yet they don't want to hire people that are experienced because they think they cost too much. I've seen IBM almost go bankrupt, DEC, Sun, Silicon Graphics, and Compaq disappear. I think you are on your way to going the same route with releasing buggy software. Just keep pushing people to phones because your desktop software is starting to suck!
Solution to problem: Hire older people who are experienced at testing and releasing software. The college grads may be smart but inexperience resorts to release anything.
The real junk is the obsolete dumpster computer you are trying to run this stuff on. Nobody else is having these problems- its just your 486 and your ignorance of things related to computers and software
Unfortunately Ballmer is fully awake. He's not really stupid, despite his sometimes bizarre public performances. But I've never seen any evidence that he understands the company he runs or the industry it is part of. He's a numbers man, pure and simple. Very good at arithmetic. But that is just not enough.
Not to make invidious comparisons, but in a very limited sense, Ballmer is in the same position Hitler was in as Germany was being invaded, and Berlin bombed and shelled. There is little hope that he can be displaced at this point, nor that it would help if he could.