But all we really need to know is that various polls rated Ballmer among the very worst of all CEO's, and that he retired at the behest of Microsoft's other board members.
"UBS estimates Microsoft could “comfortably” add between $8 billion and $11 billion of buybacks through fiscal 2017. Nomura goes further, suggesting the company consider a “bold move” in buying back about 10% of its shares, around $38 billion worth. This would add to the existing $40 billion buyback that was announced last September, with no expiration date."
"Microsoft’s shares have already jumped more than 20% this year, so the company may not feel the need to placate shareholders. But with a new CEO trying to sell his vision for the company, opening the wallet a little more may go a long way."
--glossing over the obvious connection between the "20% jump" and the "existing $40 billion buyback that was announced last September, with no expiration date".
The same kind of person who thinks "person" is plural and therefore requires plural pronoun "themselves".
Incidentally, that racial disparity could be called a "flash point". A flash point is not a place where something untoward HAS happened, it's a condition under which something untoward is bound to happen if there is a provocative incident. Somebody should have seen it coming and done something to head it off.
I suppose in a town whose population is largely black, but whose police force is largely white, the populace are predisposed to see the shooting of a black kid by a white cop as a racial matter.
Best news for Microsoft in about fourteen years.
"Steven A. Ballmer’s era at Microsoft has come to a full stop, Nick Wingfield reports.
"Mr. Ballmer, the company’s former chief executive, resigned on Tuesday as a member of Microsoft’s board, his primary remaining affiliation with the company after leaving the top job in February.
"Mr. Ballmer said in a resignation letter on Microsoft’s website that a combination of new responsibilities, including his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team, made him too busy to serve on the board. He also said he was pleased with the direction that Microsoft was taking under its new chief executive, Satya Nadella, to whom the letter was addressed."
Good points, all. Softie shills generally appear not to have any idea what they are talking about. They denigrate Linux or anything connected with it just because that is what their rules of engagement specify.
Quoting very briefly:
"Breaking up with Microsoft is hard to do. Just ask Peter Hofmann, the man leading the City of Munich's project to ditch Windows and Office in favour of open source alternatives.
"The project took close to a decade to complete, has seen the city wrestle with legal uncertainties and earned Munich a visit from Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, whose pleas to the mayor of Germany's third largest city not to switch fell on deaf ears.
"Munich says the move to open source has saved it more than #$%$10m, a claim contested by Microsoft, yet Hofmann says the point of making the switch was never about money, but about freedom.
" "If you are only doing a migration because you think it saves you money there's always somebody who tells you afterwards that you didn't calculate it properly," he said.
" "Our main goal was to become independent." Peter Hofmann, project lead
" "That was the experience of a lot of open source-based projects that have failed," Hofmann noted. They were only cost-driven and when the organisation got more money or somebody else said 'The costs are wrong' then the main reason for doing it had broken away. That was never the main goal within the City of Munich. Our main goal was to become independent." "
"Microsoft's OneNote has long been available for Android (among many other platforms), but this latest update makes it easier to use specifically on tablets. The note-taking app now comes with handwriting support that takes advantage of the devices' relatively bigger screens, as well as with better options for formatting your notes. If you're going back to school soon and have a Windows device, though, OneNote for Windows sounds like the better choice with its new ink highlighter, printing support and ability to insert files and PDFs. Finally, the latest Livescribe+ update lets you set up a OneNote notebook where the Livescribe 3 pen can automatically upload what you're writing down on paper. All these changes are rolling out right now, so expect to get pinged for an update soon if it hasn't appeared yet."
"With Microsoft’s success in the cloud comes expectation that the company can master the intricacies of service and support that the new technology requires. CIOs will be looking with increasing interest at how Microsoft responds to cloud outages. They will want more updates, explanations of their causes, and most importantly, estimates of when issues will be resolved."
"Update While the deputy mayor of Munich seems to suggest in the article that the government will strongly consider a return to Windows, it appears a final decision to move from the Linux OS has not yet been officially determined."
What goes up must come down...
It must be a new experience to Microsoft, to be adapting to somebody else's hardware form factor, rather than the other way around.
See, we don't report only bad news...
"While Internet pundits have been making a compelling case lately on why Microsoft should just kill Windows Phone, here's a hopeful sign for the device: Nadella's plan to give the software away for free to manufacturers is working.
"Microsoft confirmed to Business Insider that 17 new device makers have signed on to make Windows Phone handsets in the first quarter. About 16 new devices will be hitting the market soon, including a nice looking one from HTC. Most of these will be in markets outside the U.S.
"New devices won't automatically translate into new market share, but it's a start, especially since Microsoft didn't just change the price of the software to $0. It also changed the hardware requirements so that Android device makers could slap Windows phone onto their existing Android hardware without a lot of redevelopment, Supersite for Windows blogger Paul Thurrott points out."
"So, despite dismal market share news released by IDC last week (which showed quarterly year-to-year Windows Phone shipments dropping to 2.4% worldwide market share, from 7%), Microsoft might still be able to turn this sinking ship around.
"If in another year, Microsoft hasn't made serious inroads, then the pundits will get their say again, and they'll probably say, "I-told-you-so." "
As the article makes clear, this is something Microsoft has done before. Notably, "Surface" used to be the name of a completely different Microsoft product. (An acquisition, by the way, not something Microsoft had developed originally.)
"Microsoft is thinking about changing the name of Internet Explorer."
" "It's been suggested internally," the team commented. "Plenty of ideas get kicked around about how we can separate ourselves from negative perceptions that no longer reflect our product today."
"As recently as "a few weeks ago," the Internet Explorer team said there was "a particularly long email thread where numerous people were passionately debating it."
"Microsoft is no stranger to name changes for products that just aren't cutting it."
It really was just about that unserious. I read that SCO also sued some other companies and was just laughed at.
The sad part is that it did indeed succeed generate some ugly publicity which a good many naive readers apparently took seriously. I read one news item about a public school teacher who took one of her students to task for using Linux, thinking it was illegal. Presumably she got straightened out, but the episode must have been unpleasant for the student.
"What is that "whole fiasco" that he is referring to..."
In other words, you're a newbie, and you really have no idea what you're talking about.
"weiner" is listed as a "variant" spelling. In other words, it's an erroneous spelling sometimes seen.
MacBride hurt only himself and those foolish enough to be taken in by him.