seen it before. A small company cares about its customers until it
becomes a big company. Then profits and stock shareholders matter more than satisfied
customers or employees. Then the company becomes a monopoly
and stops listening to its customers entirely. This is what
happened to Microsoft, a company always ready to use the marketing
department to ruin almost any product.
Windows 7 was a very
popular product but it did TOO much. You could buy and run all kinds
of programs and Microsoft wouldn't make any money on them as it had
no "Itunes Apple Store" type closed market. So they
wrote Windows 8 which totally confused everyone, had not much online
help and forced people into an MS marketplace where they were supposed
to buy "apps" for and love it. Nobody did and the
whole thing fell apart. A shiny bit of lipstick on Windows
7, Windows 8 sales were so bad that the company had to give away
copies of Windows 10 in order to maintain it's market share.
What about Windows 9? Ugh, see below. Not only did the company
not listen to it's customers it told them what they were going to
architect of this stupid nonsense was executive
He is rich. So rich he makes Beverly Hills 1 percenters
seem broke by comparison. In 2015 his net worth was about $22
BILLION dollars. Hired in 1980 as Microsoft's 30th employee
he pretty much kept putting more zeros on his paycheck every year.
Now he is the 21st most wealthy person on Earth.
of power, combined with being in the same work environment for years,
makes it unlikely anybody is going to criticize you. Although
known for his high energy product demos he apparently forgot everything
about sales and marketing. His massive attempt to make Windows
8 work on everything was a huge flop and and he was eventually ousted
from the company in 2013. Oh, sorry, he "retired."
I would be forced out too if I had let the Apple Iphone become a
huge hit, let my stock price stagnate, lost billions of my companies
dollars in bad acquisitions and produced the poor selling Surface
tablet. In 2012 Forbes magazine called him "The worst
CEO of a large publicly traded American company."
news of his "retirement" Microsoft's stock price rebounded!
Ballmer was forced to slink away, fighting with MS founder Bill Gates
and leaving bad blood at the company. With nothing going for
him other than billions upon billions of dollars, Ballmer spent $2
billion to buy basketball team the L.A. Clippers. The previous
own was hideous racist scumbag
who was forced to give up the team due to anti-Black and other comments.
Ballmer brought fresh energy to the team and the players and coaches
love him. He is doing a very good job and no doubt having a
lot of fun in this new role.
Have a Ball, Ballmer, just stay
away from Windows!