Microsoft's CEO Outlines Reorganization Plan

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  1. HardOCP News

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    Here is the internal email from Microsoft's CEO to employees that outlines changes in the senior leadership at the company.

     
  2. FiveFig

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    everyone loves a good re-org amirite? :rolleyes:
     
  3. Valnar

    Valnar 2[H]4U

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    I've got a friend who has worked for Microsoft for 13 years. She might lose her job because of this "re-org". Somebody get rid of Ballmer, please.
     
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    From: Microsoft - all employees
    To: Steve Balmer

    TL;DR
     
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    Right below this the death of the PC is forecast. So about M$ restructure, they have done a very good job of killing off the pc.

    POS Win8 operating system.
    POS 2013 Office
    POS console, aka da bone.
    POS console ports for games.
    POS Tablets.
    POS Phones.
    POS Windows games overall.

    So they run around give each other "Atta Boys". Right On!
     
  6. mzs_biteme

    mzs_biteme [H]ard|Gawd

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    After Win 8 clusterf#$@, and the Xbone PR disaster, somebody's gotto take up the a$$, and it's never the decision makers... They just get shoved (hidden) into a different department, while the people that actually make the product get shafted... Status Quo preserved.... Good job Balmer....:rolleyes:
     
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    After reading this, I'm left wondering what their strategy has been up until now...
     
  8. LeninGHOLA

    LeninGHOLA Vladimir Hayt

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    Funny. This is actually a good re-org. People bitch about MS because it is poorly managed, then when they come up with a more unified management goal, people bitch because someone might lose their job.

    I read the whole thing, and I really think this is a good change. However, Ballmer really needs to get his shit together or GTFO to seal the deal.
     
  9. LeninGHOLA

    LeninGHOLA Vladimir Hayt

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    Strategy has been to let departments run political campaigns against each other to the benefit of no-one.
     
  10. Steelgrave

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    Sadly that's pretty much how it's been run since Gates left.

    This overall looks like a good move for them, but like most think, with Ballmer still in charge it may not matter much.
     
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    The only re-org Microsoft needs is to kick Steve Ballmer's penis-headed ass the fuck out of the industry.
     
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    You reminded me of that old graphic of the major companies' organizational charts....

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Azhar

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    I certainly hope they put someone good in their marketing and advertisement department. I'm getting a little annoying of late with the lack of information and requirements for OEM to sell their tablets. Examples are:

    1. Windows 8 versus Windows RT distinction - we in [H] know the difference, but I'm tired of having to explain to everyone else what the difference is.

    2. For the love of God, require your OEM partners to tell us whether tablets are stylus or active digitizer tablets! This information is important to businesses and it's pissing me off having to send tablets back because of misinformation or the lack of it.
     
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    Azhar Fixing stupid since 1972

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    annoyed** not annoying.
     
  17. xX326Xx

    xX326Xx Limp Gawd

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    I think Ballmer should go. If everyone does well the guy at the top gets praise, awards, and a raise, while everyone else seems to get nothing. In my opinion when everything goes wrong the top guy should get canned, not the people under him.
     
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    Ballmer is someone's friend too, you know.

    *snickers*
     
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    schizrade [H]ardness Supreme

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    Axe to grind? LMAO.

    Windows 8 is fine. 8.1 is better. Don't like it, don't use it.

    Office 2013 is great, you don't have to use the cloud features if you don't want to, better yet run a proper internal cloud.

    Phones are awesome, my 928 is great, and Windows Phone is sweet.

    Grind away.
     
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    Time to leave Mockrosoft. That letter was a joke.
     
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    I find this chart entertaining. :D
     
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    This post completely made my day. :cool:
     
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    Filed under: channeling Custer to fight wars already lost.
     
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    So they're putting the Phone guy in charge of all Operating systems and the Windows 8 lady in charge of Xbox/Entertainment? Doesn't seem to make much sense to move people from failing/underperforming product lines into successful ones. I smell further disaster in the Windows NT and Xbox worlds.

    And;
    TL;DR - we want to churn out more buggy crap at a faster pace. Yay!
     
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    My guess is protect the sacred cash cows.
     
  26. BryanSTG

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    Dont' forget Office 365 and also that goddamn Ribbon, which is clearly designed for simpletons and people that can't read.
     
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    The article I read talks about Microsoft making big bucks from it's business licensing. The ironic part is that because they are trying to push so hard to get more consumer market space, their decisions leak into their business deals, pushing those customers away.

    Windows 8 will not work in a work environment unless you want to spend most of your time retraining your employees. If the unified "One" approach is the right way to go, why doesn't Apple do that? Microsoft is trying so hard to copy Apple that they can't even see that.

    Apple is happy having the consumer space, why can't Microsoft just be happy with the business space and make products for businesses, not products for Timmy to play Angry Birds on.
     
  28. xX326Xx

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    I don't disagree with you, but this is part of the problem. A lot of people don't want to use it, why would people upgrade, Win7 is great and no reason for people to upgrade. You likely don't need new hardware to upgrade to Win8 even if you do. This is more from a business perspective. I don't think it is restructure specifically a Win8 thing.

    We don't know what the reasons are for the reorganization. PC sales are down, but there are many reasons why the sales are down. If the PC works, there is no need to replace it. People will soon have to move from XP soon enough if they have not already. Some kudos has to go to hardware manufacturers making more reliable parts. Which doesn't help sales of new parts. Remember PC's coming with 20GB IDE hard drives? You had to upgrade. 500GB to 1TB drives in desktop computers I don't have any clients that are going to run into a problem anytime soon, and most warranties for hard drives are really good. RAM, computers would come with say 256 MB of memory, you could upgrade. When people build computers now, you smack 2-4GB and you never need to upgrade. Most businesses also don't need fast computers to type emails, type documents, or edit spreadsheets. People had single core cpu's this became a problem, for the most part people don't need more than 2 cores to do normal desktop tasks. There just isn't a demand for hardware. I know the most people here including myself are quite the exception. I'm probably not helping the cause either, when I upgrade I save the parts and build computers for friends.

    Anyways, I do think Microsoft has stopped listening to businesses and consumers feedback. The way of "I'm a PC, it was my idea", is over. I hope this reorganization puts things back on track. Maybe they need to find ways to better optimize their operating system to better utilize new/current desktop hardware to give more advantages to the everyday/business user. Instead they are making an OS that makes hardware change when the hardware we have is fine. I don't have a problem with Win8, I have a problem with Win8 trying to make a desktop computer have a tablet/smartphone interface/experience. Like mentioned in a previous post. You will have to pry a mouse from my cold dead hand. Microsoft is the problem with PC sales. The whole directx 11.2 thing being Win8 exclusive feature, I think is one of the worst ideas ever. Also in making the OS so tablet friendly, they are subsequently killing off their own desktop PC market, they want people to make new tablets, screwing companies making hardware making for a "desktop experience". In conclusion, I don't think Microsoft cares the PC market is dwindling. They are not trying to sell a PC or an OS that that runs on a PC. They seem to forget that even though more people are buying tablets, PCs still make up the majority of systems used today, and will for quite some time. I like my tablet and my smartphone, I love my PC most of all. Please Microsoft, don't forget about me, I'm still a PC. :)
     
  29. pxc

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    tl;dr

    MS reorg = musical fails.
     
  30. heatlesssun

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    I think the idea that business is just business and consumer is just consumer is changing. Certainly business and consumer technologies have strong overlap and have for the beginning any way. We've been playing games on PCs from day one and tablets are certainly being used for productive purposes more than playing Angry Birds.
     
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    Stock now about to top it's 52 week high and break a five year record. If the quarterly report is solid, it may hit $40 before long. As much as people love to crack on Ballmer, Microsoft's financials are still pretty damned solid. If they can show solid numbers next week in spite of the PC downturn, it's going to be a buying frenzy the next day.
     
  32. schizrade

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    Windows 8 when paired with srv 2012 and proper deployment is actually very sexy. You can organize and standardize start menus.

    Here we have just finally removed most of XP from the environment. Windows 7 is fine for the next cycle, no need to upgrade.
     
  33. Qinsp

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    MS never had a really good idea about how businesses use computers.

    Proof: Solitaire was installed by default at a time when few households owned computers, but businesses did. They made it so you could put pretty pictures and colors on shit.
     
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    The way IT operates is changing and we are doing more to provide the consumer aspect in a controlled fashion/managed environment. Just the march of technology. Tablets, smartphones, BYOD, laptops, desktops, servers, appliances, etc etc. Adapt and move on.

    12 years in professional IT, and I am enjoying this more than ever. Convergence like a mother, something you could really only partly do 10 years ago.
     
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    :confused:

    If you let "businesses/people" use them how they want, you will quickly have more problems than you started with. That is the point of a platform for management. MS does this really well out of the box, and 3rd party developers have add on tools that do it even better if you want to pay some more $$$. A gamer at his desk with a lone install of windows or even a few VM's will never see this.
     
  36. HardUp4HardWare

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    I love bullshit memos like that they reek of arrogance.
     
  37. heatlesssun

    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    Sure that's how these things are done but still it's hard to argue with some of the truth in it:

    This is not to say that Microsoft is alone in companies that have had undeniable impact on the world. So have Apple, Google, IBM, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
     
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    ReOrgs are great. Not being good at your job is a hard pill to swallow. ReOrgs make that pill a bit easier. Either you are fired and you can blame the company instead of your piss poor performance or you can get transferred to a job you might be better. I have been through a reorg or two and I always end up staying exactly where I am.
     
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    Same here. ReOrgs are a good way to shit can crappy workers quickly.
     
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    amddragonpc Limp Gawd, 10 Months

    Time to leave Mockrosoft. That letter was a joke.

    It's easy to see you have an ax to grind based upon this post and the one above. Perhaps if you could explain your position instead of coming off as an entitled, smarmy, rage filled teenage Sony fanboy, people might actually listen to what you have to present.