Why image is everything: Steve Ballmer isn’t the problem at Microsoft

Microsoft recently reported very strong earnings, beating the street on the top and bottom lines (revenue and profit) with strong performance with both consumer (Xbox) and Corporate products. 

Why would anyone get rid of Bill Gates?!

Because they're Wall Street and they'd be free to suck every ounce of cash out of Microsoft and not have to worry about investing in the future; there won't be a future for Microsoft without Bill Gates. Let's find someone with some love for Microsoft to make it great again. Not just a bean counter or suit to manage its monopolies to death.

3 people who can lead Microsoft after Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer essentially announced he is leaving Microsoft and the search for a new CEO has begun in earnest. Unfortunately, Wall Street may be the driving force behind who gets to run the company, but if innovation, raising morale, and making Microsoft feared were criteria, there are 3 people we believe can make it happen.  

Steve Ballmer push-retiring from Microsoft within 12 months

Still worth $15 billion and unlikely to need the support of AARP in his dotage, nevertheless, Steve Ballmer leaving is worth billions in stock price uptick to Microsoft. That's got to hurt. Why? Only a billionaire could tell you why he would care, but clearly, it ain't something that Ballmer was chomping at the bit to do.  

Microsoft's epic realignment of the company

Steve Ballmer's memo to the Microsoft faithful on the shift in strategy is either epic or yet another symptom of why the company needs a serious management refresh. It's also very long so, we could just be saying this because we lost him at hello.

Microsoft has a hit with low end phone

While software giant Microsoft has been touting its software at the top end of smartphone land, it is actually Steve Ballmers' considerable bottom end where the money is likely to be made.

Microsoft buoyant but Windows 8 sales poor

Microsoft's CFO Peter Klein is the latest top executive to flee Redmond's Vole Hill in what some analysts think is a by-product of Steve Ballmer sticking to power.

Microsoft watch seems to be on the cards

As wearable electronics are set to emerge as a new  trend - with recent reports that Apple and Samsung are working on their own watches - it seems Microsoft may be about to have another pop at an interactive wristwatch.

Microsoft-Google war goes thermonuclear

Software giant Microsoft has kicked off a nasty marketing war directly against Google and ended any pretence of niceness between the pair. The Vole has released a series of attack ads in the US which have upped the ante considerably in its trade war against Google which began five months ago.

Report: Little demand for Microsoft's Surface RT tablet

Lackluster demand has reportedly prompted Microsoft to slash orders of its Surface RT tablet from 4 million to 2 million units. 

Steve Ballmer says Surface Tablets off to a "modest" start

Earlier this year, many of us were hoping that Microsoft would launch its Surface Tablet, specifically the version running Windows RT, at a low price to compete with other devices on the hyperactive market.

Microsoft gives Oprah treatment to employees

"You get a Windows 8 Phone, you get a Surface tablet...everybody gets a Microsoft device!"

Nokia introduces Windows Phone 8 phones

The next iteration of Windows Phone is here.

Acer warns Microsoft over Surface tablets



Redmond seems quite intent on ignoring vendor concerns over its upcoming Surface tablet.

Microsoft admits Surface tablet debacle

PC vendors - including Hewlett Packard (HP) - are up in arms over Redmond's recent decision to enter the lucrative tablet market with its indigenously designed Surface devices.

Steve Ballmer's Winston Churchill moment

During World War II, the United Kingdom was led by two Prime Ministers. One was perceived as famous, while the other was ultimately remembered as infamous.

2013 will be Steve Ballmer’s Microsoft year

The ten years or so that Steve Ballmer has been running Redmond are often referred to as "Microsoft’s Lost Decade."

Microsoft sees 350 million Windows 7 devices this year

By the end of 2012, there might be 350 million devices running Windows 7.

The problem with Microsoft at CES

Like a lot of technophiles, I watched the keynote given by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to officially kick off CES. While I’m sure MS managed to pack the room, there was little you could take away that most didn’t already know.

Xbox Live users topple 40 million

The number of Xbox 360 consoles that have been sold is now over 66 million, Microsoft confirmed.