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Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer may be forced to retire a bit earlier in case Windows 8 doesn’t manage to boost sales in the near future, some analysts have hinted, and according to our users, such a change would really come in handy for the Redmond-based technology company.
Even though Ballmer previously said that he wants to remain a Microsoft CEO until 2017 or 2018, the board may oust him a lot sooner, just because the company has started losing ground under his management.
Most of our users agree that letting Ballmer go may really help Microsoft and revamp its business.
“Definitely, Steve Ballmer should be fired many years ago. Microsoft will become history if he is still running the company,” one of our readers said
. “Rid of him.. he is not good ceo as windows 8 was shamble... so shove him out,” another added.
Users’ top choices for the CEO role? Bill Gates and Steven Sinofsky, the former Windows boss that reportedly left Microsoft because of growing tension
between him and Ballmer.
“Yes, leave. But, crawl to Sinofsky and ask him to get back,” a reader explained. “The MS CEO should have been given to Steve Sinofsky of windows OS fame (no wonder he left too he probably cannot stand Ballmer either),” another comment reads.
There’s no doubt that Ballmer has managed to do quite a lot of great things while holding the Microsoft CEO role, but most readers believe that Windows 8 is the living proof that the Redmond-based company needs an upper management shuffle.
“Windows 8 is a totally schizoid OS that is neither one thing nor another, any experienced IT admins can see windows 8 is another MS dog and wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. Let’s see what windows 9 or 10 brings?” one of the users continued.
Does Ballmer really need to retire? As always, feel free to tell us what you think using the comment box after the jump.
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|Comment #2 by: Cyclops on 22 Dec 2012, 22:10 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I personally think that Ballmer is too arrogant for the position that he holds.
In a company like Microsoft,that's bad news.
He appears to be the one that,'knows best' about everything,a sure recipe for disaster.
The model that Microsoft is currently persuing(Copy & Paste 'Apple'), is taking them nowhere.
Remember the saying,"the bigger they are,the heavier they fall".
|Comment #3 by: someguyinIT on 23 Dec 2012, 11:48 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yes, get him out as soon as possible, and bring Sinofsky back as CEO!
|Comment #4 by: Wolfram on 23 Dec 2012, 11:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
"Does Ballmer really need to retire?"
Well, YES; and NO. It depends.
From what I found out, in Steven Ba[se]ballmer's family, every member is using a different Operating System, on different devices. They are not "loyal" Windows users.
His kids started with Amiga OS. And they have never quit it, since then. They don't even want to hear about Windows. For them, Windows is a virus.
His wife is using only Mac OS X. In fact, she is totally immersed in an Apple world. For her, Windows is a BSOD.
In what concerns Mister Ballmer's options, almost everyone knows that he is using - since 1995! -, a Linux distro. He keeps tenths of Linux laptops, hidden in various places of his house. Despite the fact that, every time when his wife finds one of them, she is throwing it on fire - with a paroxysmal fury!
In his basement, Mister Ballmer keeps a SUN workstation. In his garage he has a Silicon Graphics (SGI) workstation. And in his home working room he uses a Sperry UNIVAC mainframe - which runs Cobol. Only for computing his wages, of course.
In what concerns his MS Headquarters bureau, things are a little different. In order to keep the appearances, he has a Desktop PC - in the next configuration:
- OS: Windows 1.o & Windows 10 - Dual Boot-able. (Note: Windows 10 has almost one billion Lines of Code).
- CPU: 13 intel XXXeONS - each one with 33 cores (with hyper-threaded Hyper-Threadings)
- GPU: NVIDIA Cuadratic Quadro 1VX0 - 8-SLI card -, with 128 GB of GDDR 19 VRAM (for Office applications); and 15 Tesla M9000 cards, with one million cores and 1TB of dedicated video RAM (for Seismic processing, Weather modeling, and Financial computing).
- RAM: 1000 TB - DDR 15
- HDD: 666, 100.000 TB WD drives, running at 100.000 rpm, in a RAID-ed RAID-16 array.
- PSU: 100 KW model.
If you are asking me about the monitor, well, he uses an older, monochrome model, 12-inch diagonal, green-phosphor CRT display, with CGA resolution (40×25 characters).
His system is cooled by a huge fan (I mean really huge!) which has 20 meters in diameter. The hot air is pumped through a plastic tube, up to the roof of his building - a place where MS is warming up seagulls, and homeless people, for free.
Mister Ballmer does not even know how to login, in Windows! He is always asking his secretary to do it, for him. (He is amused by the "up-skirt effect" produced by the huge fan.)
Why on earth should we dismiss an employer expert in... Linux? Just to allow him to open a company which will sell a Windows-killer Linux distro - based of Windows code?!
Yes, Mister Ballmer is working, in the deepest secret, to a new OS - based entirely on the Linux kernel. It will be named "LINUXGATE" - in the honor of his Boss, Bill Gates.
The only reason for his dismissal would be the fact that his PC has a powerful influence over the global warming.-
|Comment #5 by: Mick on 23 Dec 2012, 12:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Sinofsky is not the right person for MS CEO.
There are better people than him in the MS senior ranks.
Windows 8's blurry fonts are a jarring wake-up call that someone who understands the user's perspective is needed at, or very near, the top.
|Comment #5.1 by: bsmith on 27 Dec 2012, 13:43 GMT|
you are and idiot If anything Sinofsky is more qualified for the job than Balmer
|Comment #7 by: Daniel on 23 Dec 2012, 16:36 UTC|| reply to this comment|
It's ridiculous, users want Ballmer to go but they want as CEO to be Sinofsky,
well he just led the Windows division, so Windows 8 is his work.
|Comment #8 by: my opinion on 23 Dec 2012, 21:32 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I hate Windows 8 (hate)!
They makes their own business without users satisfaction and habits!
|Comment #9 by: Analytiker on 24 Dec 2012, 08:50 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Correct! Windows 8 is a schizoid OS. Yes!
|Comment #10 by: Lex0r on 24 Dec 2012, 10:20 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Corporate policy is one thing - stick to your guns is understandable, given the circumstances.
However, stuffing down consumers' throats a no option is inexcusable and everyone at Microsoft
voting for this approach should be fired!
And yes, Ballmer is ultimately responsible for this half baked attempt at getting consumers in the MS Store.
None of my 12 PCs at home and office will ever see this ''advanced joke'' of OS..
|Comment #10.1 by: acturbo on 15 Jan 2013, 20:24 GMT|
well said @Lex0r
|Comment #11 by: berryracer on 24 Dec 2012, 14:39 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I am scared to a buy a new computer next year as I don't want it to be pre-loaded with this shiznit OS Windows 8!! I could've never imagined using such a buggy and crippled OS in my life! I tried using it and getting used to it. Even installed the Start 8 app that brings back the start menu but this OS is simply horrible! Icons become white/blank all of a sudden and I have to restart to get the icon images back, IE 10 is buggy, the bookmarks icon sometimes have weird colors upon first launch of the browsers, many pages are not compatible with IE 10 and I cannot even see the IE compatibility mode, and worst of all, I randomly get a "COM Surrogate has caused an error" message despite having all Windows 8 approved drivers from ASUS and all the latest Windows updates! That's just how crappy this OS is!
|Comment #12 by: Fandy on 25 Dec 2012, 17:59 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Nothing wrong with Windows 8, I use since October 31, Windows 8 is so awesome, the big problem just Start button, because we (Windows user) so familiar with that feature, that's why people think twice to upgrade their Windows or other reason.
But I think, cmon, you just need more time to makes yourself familiar with several features.
|Comment #12.1 by: larry on 26 Dec 2012, 20:09 GMT|
how long for new user? how long for corp with 450 users? joke.
|Comment #12.2 by: Thomas on 29 Jan 2013, 16:44 GMT|
Larry I am with you on this, I am an it consulant and I have 50-60 small business clients.
Several of my clients have purchased Windows 8 and they HATE it, I have gotten several calls about the start button, I tell them to use Start8 but even these programs have been buggy. I spoke with my sales rep about his sells of Windows 8 and he informed me that about 8 out of 10 PCs he sells get returned due to people not liking it, finding it hard to use, and just plain ugly.
|Comment #13 by: 9500ix24 on 25 Dec 2012, 20:31 UTC|| reply to this comment|
I don't see the need of kicking out Ballmer from Microsoft. And for the record Windows 8 pro is by far the best operating system in my opinion. It's just a matter of getting familiar with the new features.
|Comment #14 by: ChromeShine on 26 Dec 2012, 06:12 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Win 8 should sell more OS X and Ubuntu computers. Yep, even a few Ubuntu laptops showing up. Looks like ChromeOS has a hit with the Samsung $249 laptop. Looks like Win 8 has laid an egg. Can it work as an OS - absolutely. Does it make sense to run a Tablet over Desktop PC GUI - not really.
Now and then, using Win8 can be fun, as in playing with a widget sort of fun, or finding a playful little app to use when bored. All in all, it is simply quirky and not very pro looking like Apple OS X, which is great, though it should have a way to make fonts larger across all programs - my only complaint. Ubuntu Linux takes a little getting used to compared to Mint, but is pretty darn good - layout makes more sense than Win 8, IMHO.
|Comment #15 by: ChromeShine on 26 Dec 2012, 06:17 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Win9 should be a free update this October '13, unless there is an 8.x, the correction versions of 8, as a free update. And Win9 needs to be priced at $39, for the non-update version.
|Comment #16 by: Xi on 26 Dec 2012, 12:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Surely, Ballmer must leave, Or he'll be thrown out. I've already said in the reasons in comment: http://news.softpedia.com/news/If-Windows-8-Fails-to-Impress-Ballmer-Could-Be-Out-315303.shtml
|Comment #16.1 by: Darius on 27 Dec 2012, 14:25 GMT|
Now the question is, how would he be thrown out?
|Comment #17 by: darthrevan13 on 28 Dec 2012, 09:47 UTC|| reply to this comment|
No, he dosen't. Windows 8 is a unique OS, it's far beyond anything that is on the market today.
Although I admit the new interface takes a while to get used to the feature that come integrated in the OS * the competition. Some users fail to comprehend that still but my belief is that in a matter of years either Windows will be the dominant OS or Apple and Google will modify their OSes to keep up with the power that Windows 8 offers it's users.
|Comment #17.1 by: Jobs and the mayas on 30 Dec 2012, 17:45 GMT|
windows 8 is a windows 7 ubuntized and desktop is kdeized. Its a involution.
|Comment #17.2 by: acturbo on 15 Jan 2013, 20:28 GMT|
unique as in .... "i didn't realize real crap could actually be digitized" ... is that what you mean by unique? Because digitized crap is a pretty good summary of almost every other person posting comments, on every other board, under every article about Windows 8, and on any place that allows people to post on the internet.
|Comment #18 by: JB on 31 Dec 2012, 19:02 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Anyone who's overseen the development of Windows 8 should be fired.
|Comment #18.1 by: Nayan on 04 Jan 2013, 14:38 GMT|
God !!! So much Poison goingon here... Are you all techie??? Cant see innovation in windows 8... ?? This is exactly how feel when I hold Mac ... I hate so much that I want to throw on the floor but does it mean its bad laptop ? Not really ... I just have to give time to get used to with Apple OS. I guess thats what happening with windows 8... Drastic change in 30 years old lagacy is not easy to digest at first hand but my 3 year old can figure out how to use Windows 8 so stop telling me... its hard or its disaster... Its just different than anything else you have seen.... its consumer mindset rather than business/developer.
|Comment #19 by: Mr Burns on 22 Jan 2013, 00:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Windows 8 is a mess and wild horses could not drag me to install it across our estate, even at the offered early adopter upgrade price. We'll see Windows 7 through to end of mainstream support, look at whatever MS comes up with by then and decide whether to stay with Windows or make the jump to Apple or quiet possibly Ubuntu for all our desktops. By then we will have replaced many of our laptops that are used for browsing and web app access with Android tablets so it could well be a complete break with MS unless they shape up. I'll add that the ever more irrelevant bells and whistles they add to Office won't keep us loyal. A much more basic set of office tools from the open sourse arena will more than meet our needs. (we have an installed PC base of 120 and 75 laptops so not exactly huge but if we are representative of other SMEs then Micrrosoft has problems and could really be on the ropes.) Could ditching Balmer help? Who knows.
|Comment #20 by: Regis on 02 Feb 2013, 16:08 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Ballmer will go down in history as the man who killed Microsoft.
|Comment #21 by: Dan on 04 Feb 2013, 14:04 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Not used windows 8 yet, but cannot imagine I will bother. Apparently the virtualisation on it is good, but that metro thing is ugly as sin, what am I? A 5 year old that needs everything incredibly colourful and bright? http://images.pcworld.com/images/article/2012/03/live20tiles-11331051.png *puke*
I still have my win 7 desktop set to windows classic (yes, gray.) Every other theme windows has makes me want to puke. Aero sucked too, why were so many things popping up and disappearing while I moved my cursor around. Why do I need a live thumbnail of my word document?
Metro seems to have made the desktop redundant, and my PC doesn't have a touch screen, I don't want to have to flail my cursor all around the screen to find the application I want, was a list really that bad a thing?
Microsoft top brass needs to understand the difference between colourful and usability.
They have made mistakes like this in the past *cough cough* office ribbon system *cough cough* - the whole point of office 2003 was the customisation, I had macro toolbars for everything, now I can't customise * . Sort it out MS!
|Comment #22 by: jedd on 05 Feb 2013, 15:18 UTC|| reply to this comment|
Yes, definitely,He killed the Flight Simulator franchise.
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