Microsoft CEO internal memo talks about reorganization

By on July 24, 2008, 9:05 AM
Eight out of ten times Microsoft gets a decent amount of press it doesn't seem to be for the right reasons, especially around online circles. Perhaps the most recurrent topic in the last year has been the hit-or-miss release of Windows Vista, and most recently the consecutive failure on acquiring #2 search company, Yahoo. However, that's not to say the software giant is suffering much, if at all from these.

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, sent a memo to all his employees yesterday in which he quotes a thriving financial year with revenues increasing in the order of $9.3 billion for a total of $60+ billion, and an operating profit of $22.5 billion. But most interesting is the part in which he refers to his competitors. Apple, he said, has prospered thanks to "an experience that is narrow but complete," whereas Windows has had to make compromises in this regard. He said they are actively working on this end-to-end experience with hardware vendors along their side. He also mentioned a big promotional campaign coming up for Vista.

About Google and Yahoo, Ballmer said they've already got all the right pieces to make search work and compete hand in hand with leader Google. Nevertheless, the failed Yahoo acquisition could be considered a setback since they were looking to speed up the process of growing an audience and leveraging its web properties reach.

Among other things, Ballmer announced that Microsoft's former Platforms and Services Division is being split into two: Windows/Windows Live and Online Services, and that long time employee (and president of the splitting division) Kevin Johnson will be leaving the company.




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fullmetalvegan said:
I don't care what people say, I like Microsoft, and it seems like they're about to become a better operating system company.
old101 said:
Agree with the previous comment, but would add another organizational split, namely:OS Software Services Group - service, support, updates for Windows XP, 2000 and other active systems still supported.Advanced OS Software Group, namely: Vista, and whatever new systems are contemplated in near or distant future.I believe such a split would benefit both the customer service and new system development/
fullmetalvegan said:
Yeah that sounds like a formidable idea.
supersmashbrada said:
I'm pissed at MS until they get zune software that works on xp 64:(
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