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Ballmer Resignation From Microsoft and Missed Strategic Inflection Points

Microsoft Missed Key Strategic Inflection Points. Much has been written this week about the announcement from Steve Ballmer that he will resign from Microsoft within a year. Microsoft shares bounced upward on the news, giving an indication of investor sentiment, which might have been expected to drive the stock down. Some bloggers have commented with praise on his 13 years as President of Microsoft. But no less than Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal, who also writes for All Things D, quietly tweeted an endorsement of the blog post below by Lauren Goode at “All Things D.” Goode chronicles the major product and strategic events over Ballmer’s helmsmanship of Microsoft. Perhaps the most glaring blunder has to be also the most recent: Windows 8.

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The Enemy of My Enemy is My Friend: Should Microsoft buy Blackberry?

Readers of this blog will recall last week’s post on the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) report on the mobile phone market. The problems for both Microsoft and Blackberry were exposed again for all to see. Microsoft’s Windows Phone market share at 3.7%, would have been even smaller without Nokia. Blackberry’s situation was even more dire. A few months back Microsoft and Blackberry opened another new patent war on each other, as if this would somehow help their situations.

This week Blackberry has announced the inevitable search for a potential buyer to take the company private, as has also happened recently with Dell Computer. The suggestion that Ballmer and Microsoft should consider purchasing Blackberry is actually a potentially very interesting idea. A broader market consolidation, with much larger implications, may be on the horizon.

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Mobile Market Share: A Multidimensional War of Titans Worth Following

NOTE: This post, originally published in January 2013, continues to be one of the most viewed on the site.  As Google and Apple now are estimated to enjoy 98% market share between the two, many of my projections regarding this market appear to have been borne out. In one of the most interesting high tech […]

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Introvert or Extrovert: Authentic Presentations Take Practice

http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/11/authentic_presentations_take_p.html Great post from the HBR blog yesterday. Whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you need to be authentic and practice your personal style and comfort zone. Steve Ballmer going crazy:

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Ballmer Promises To Make Microsoft Cool Again. Tough Sell

With Microsoft, we are witnessing the incredibly accelerated life cycle of companies in high tech.. Innovate constantly or die.  Everything seems to ride on Windows 8, but what works for mobile may not work for large corporations looking only for a simple upgrade to their corporate desktops and laptops. Wired Quote: ” after years asleep […]

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