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  • wottowwottow wottowwottow Oct 19, 2013 9:30 AM Flag

    What Microsoft's new CEO should do

    Google it.


    "Microsoft has its problems, but its biggest one is rarely mentioned: It doesn't know what to do with all the money it makes. That, I believe, is the real reason its stock price never seems to go anywhere.

    "Microsoft has wasted nearly $22 billion on three terrible acquisitions since 2007. It paid $6 billion for online marketing services firm aQuantive – and wrote the entire investment off as a total loss last year. It paid $8.5 billion for Internet phone company Skype, which adds little to Microsoft's massive bottom line. And now it's paying over $7 billion for Nokia – a dying brand whose sales plummeted another 32% in the first half of this year.

    "Microsoft should listen to co-founder and chairman Bill Gates' good friend Warren Buffett, who reminds us, "Most turnarounds don't." Nokia hasn't made money in three years. Microsoft won't turn it around. It's just another expensive dud."


    To repeat, most turnarounds don't. Whether Microsoft can turn *itself* around is questionable.

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