NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- It seems absurd to call Steve Ballmer, the billionaire CEO of Microsoft , a failure. However, as billionaire CEOs go, it's not all that crazy. Here's a guy who gets a free pass from the media as well as shareholders. He never gets asked the tough questions. He rarely puts himself in a position to get asked the tough questions. The Microsoft board...
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Microsoft’s admission last week that it would need to make changes to its Windows 8 operating system to address a steeper-than-expected user learning curve has sparked two very different reactions from media and analysts. On the one side, Microsoft’s backtracking on Windows 8 is seen as a sign of humiliating defeat that could even point the way toward CEO Steve Ballmer’s...
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Bill Gates is feeling some regret about Microsoft's mobile strategy. In an interview with CBS, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates said that Microsoft "didn't miss cellphones," but he recognized that the company hasn't been able to secure the top spot in the mobile market. The inability to secure an early lead (in contrast to, say, Apple) was "clearly a mistake," Gates said. Gates...
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer says he's happy with his company's new line of Surface tablets and the family of Windows 8 operating systems. In a question-and-answer session with the MIT Technology Review, Ballmer says that, despite less-than-stellar early sales numbers, he's "super-glad they did Surface." The CEO added that that the newly integrated...
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Microsoft has heard the uproar from customers over the draconian Office 2013 licensing limitations, and it has relented. Today, Microsoft announced an update to Office 2013 retail licensing agreement that should quell the uprising and force customers to put away the torches and pitchforks. Effective immediately, customers who purchase (or have already purchased) the...
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Plus conspiracy theories charted, Microsoft's Windows numbers examined again, ancient computers still in harness, and moreA burst of 9 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology teamThe Reason Stick: The Conspiracy Theory Flowchart "THEY" Don't Want You To SeeHad enough government rhetoric? Tired of following the sheeple? Fed up with believing what THEY want you...
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ML Gomes is getting a new PC running Windows 8, and wants to know which version of Microsoft Office is best for his needsWhich version of Microsoft Office should I use on Windows 8? I am buying a new laptop and need to use Outlook.ML GomesMicrosoft usually brings out new versions of Office to match new versions of Windows, and Windows 8 is no exception. The new Office 2013...
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Apple CEO Tim Cook isn't worried about cannibalization. For Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer, on the other hand, the answer isn't as clear.
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When Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer first revealed his software for the touchscreen world in February 2012, he said he was "betting the company" on it. There were "no compromises" made in replacing the time-honoured desktop with Windows 8's colourful tile-based interface, Ballmer insisted. But just six months after the official release, Microsoft – which relies on Windows...
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NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- In 1955, the year I was born, Warner Brothers debuted a cartoon called "Hare Brush" in which Bugs Bunny changed places with his nemesis, Elmer Fudd. The conceit was that Fudd was about to go to jail, so he tricked the rabbit into going in his stead. Curiously, 1955 was also the year Bill Gates was born. Current Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is a year...
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