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  • rlp2451 rlp2451 Sep 8, 2013 3:54 PM Flag

    OT: How Microsoft Lost its Mojo

    From the Washington Post:
    The decade since Steve Ballmer took over as chief executive at Microsoft from his Harvard pal Bill Gates has not been kind to Microsoft: The company saw its stock price plummet, it made ill-advised acquisitions, demonstrated poor capital management and suffered a significant loss of market share. The once-dominant software giant lost its way.

    The firm, considered the mac daddy of technology at one time, missed every major tech innovation of the new millennium. The Zune, its foray into portable music players, was an embarrassment. It let Apple gain a toehold on the consumer desktop, which Steve Jobs then leveraged to show consumers a superior alternative to kludgy Windows software. Microsoft was late to Web search and failed to monetize online properties. A belated attempt to jump into advertising by acquiring aQuantive for $6.2 billion led to its first-ever quarterly loss, in 2012.

    It wasn’t just the existing software. Microsoft failed to recognize the impact of nearly every worthwhile development. It missed the rise of touch-screen technology and the mass appeal of social-networking sites (i.e., Facebook and Twitter). Perplexed by tablets, it lost more than $1 billion in that venture. Late to user-generated content and blogging, it built MSN Spaces — a Windows-only ghetto that failed to catch on or turn a profit. It blew its early lead in smartphones by failing to understand their significance. And it certainly never threw the same weight behind them as it did its mainstay PC business.

    Indeed, it is hard to think of new technology since 2000 that Microsoft had a significant role in developing, marketing or monetizing — other than the Kinect device for the Xbox 360.

    Ballmer oversaw a decade of missed opportunities, and he very well may have hastened Microsoft’s decline. But it might have been inevitable. The truth is that for all its claims of innovation, Microsoft never generated much in the way of profits by innovating.

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    • Yes but Microsoft is still up roughly 20% + dividends from the beginning of the year and you maximum taunting.

      The piece is quite correct except for leaving off x-box. Which more likely than not will become the new home PC.

      Software productivity tools and enterprise are leadership positions. One which cloud computing and subscription pricing provides a competitive advantage of cost. But security is as important as any other facet of value.

      So back out net cash and the PE is under 10 against durable and sustainable cash flows.

      Of course Balmer had to buy up a failed former leader of the cell phone which was unable to transition effectively to a portable entertainment device. Hopefully it is the last hurrah for Balmer.

      But your petty negativity is expected. Not sure what relationship it has to LINE and energy.

      For which on this board no persona of the OLB and the tiny hive mind has expressed correctly in math or rationally as an entity. But then your purpose here has nothing to due with investments but primitive politics as collectivist religion. All the simple and singular mind tactics ;-)

      Still not to late for you to embrace the challenge of striving to be a fully functioning human being seeking the Light. .

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