In August, Steve Ballmer announced his impending retirement as CEO of Microsoft. He promises to choose a successor within a year.
I suspect it won’t be me. I told Microsoft, as I told Harvard during its recent presidential search, I’d only take the job if the company gave me a completely free hand. (Neither institution asked me; I’m just saying.)
Nevertheless, you can depend on me to continue as the diligent court jester, speaking truth to power for as long as they’ll listen or at least not try to shut me up. I call ’em as I see ’em. And I have some advice for that brave soul who takes the reins at Microsoft, whoever it turns out to be.
So, my incoming friend, I’ve mapped out your global strategy. All you have to do is execute. Good luck from your faithful court jester. You’ll certainly need it.
David S. Platt teaches programming .NET at Harvard University Extension School and at companies all over the world. He’s the author of 11 programming books, including “Why Software Sucks” (Addison-Wesley Professional, 2006) and “Introducing Microsoft .NET” (Microsoft Press, 2002). Microsoft named him a Software Legend in 2002. He wonders whether he should tape down two of his daughter’s fingers so she learns how to count in octal. You can contact him at rollthunder.com.
Excellent, lets hope he read it!
I wish I had a teacher in college like this too... I'd still be there. I'd add 5. Bring back Courier, it was awesome. Imagine reading apps with a page on each screen. Video apps in landscape, with touch screen controls on the bottom screen. Not to mention the apps that they demonstrated. Yeow, courier would have been nice... and lets face it, it would outsell surface. 6. Rip metro / modern / whatever off the desktop. No one wants it, no one likes it, and it's stopping people from buying new pcs and notepads. Do people want touch screen televisions? Funnily enough, no. People don't want touch screen PCs either or apple would already be doing it. 7. Add DVD / Blu Ray movie support to Win 8. Removing it was just silly.
I never comment or care for reading...but I think you're meant for this. I wish I had a teacher in college days like you. What I love about the last page is even if you don't understand one word of the magazine, I can show my aging parents your article and they get it. That's talent.
Another excellent article.
You had hair???? [I did once, but it was when DEC was a leader in the field <grin>] Seriously, a great posting. I especially agree with the need to make a radical move such as fully-subsidized Surface tablet to get the market share up to the point where it is commercially prudent to be sure that applications are targeted to that platform.
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