Bring it on, Bill, if you want a beating.

There is rumour that Bill Gates is considering a return to CEO of M$. Many expect he will give new life to M$ but there’s nothing M$ can do to adapt to changes. M$ has a huge installed base. If M$ changes their current customers will hate them for it. If they don’t change, they lose out on future customers. Changing the captain won’t save the ship at this stage.

There is no new product that will give M$ monopoly in smart thingies or small cheap computers. The “ultrabook” was the last stab at that and they didn’t sell. Android and iOS dominate the mobile space and the world doesn’t need that other OS any longer. LibreOffice is $free, FREE and thriving. The best M$ can do is slow the sinking, not stop it.

The one thing Bill can do better than Steve is cheat but the world won’t let that happen again. Bill has sold his shares. He should retire for good. If philanthopy and nuclear power don’t work out, there’s always gardening. OEMs are not stupid. They can see that OEMs shipping Android/Linux are not losing their shirts. OEMs shipping Wintel are losing their shirts or cannot afford to patch them. HP’s net revenue from personal systems was 5.9% of revenue. What kind of partnership is it when M$ makes a ten times larger margin? OEMs can make their own conclusions about the value of “partnership” with M$. There’s nothing Bill can do to strengthen that partnership except give OEMs more revenue. Fat chance. Chances of M$’s recovery with Bill Gates at the helm? No chance.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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12 Responses to Bring it on, Bill, if you want a beating.

  1. Clarence Moon says:

    Baloney, Mr. Oiaohm.

    http://www.gatesfoundation.org/leadership/Pages/overview.aspx

    I am finally coming to the conclusion that you are a fool, Mr. Oiaohm. No more from me about your silly ideas.

  2. oiaohm says:

    Basically if I gave anyone from the Gates family CEO of Microsoft at the moment. It would be Melinda she would be the correct selection to get Microsoft threw the rough road ahead. She worked as a development lead inside Microsoft for years and does generate good results.

  3. oiaohm says:

    Clarence Moon I clearly said “Bill Gates”.

    http://www.gatesfoundation.org/ is managed and run by Melinda Gates. She is above board does not seam todo anything underhanded or at least nothing I can find. I admire Melinda Gates for what she has done. It is Melinda you need to talk to to get assistant items threw. Yes I have had direct dealings with the gates foundation.

    Remember Melinda hates cameras she would prefer not to be running the foundation in a possible public role. If you go back there is a clear reason why she has taken the lead role. Bill Gates kept on doing what he was doing her children would have very bad name to follow.

    Bill Gates is trouble you hear him giving a direct donation to anything and 90 percent of the time its false giving. Basically he needs is wife to keep him inline.

    Sometimes you wonder how such a good person can get messed up with such a evil one.

    Clarence Moon of course I should have been more clear that the gates foundation is not what I am referring to when I am talking about Bill Gates directly controlled charities and Bill Gates direct giving to so called charities that are nothing more than lobby groups.

    Melinda Gates is very different she expects results for the money. Yes I would give Melinda the time of day where I would not give Bill.

  4. Kozmcrae says:

    “Microsoft-haters”

    That’s your phrase Clarence, we’re just not Microsoft lovers. In your world, everyone is supposed to love Microsoft. That’s not the real world. In the Real World, people have opinions of their own. They think for themselves. They don’t let the marketing of a large corporation do their thinking for them. Sorry to break it to you Clarence… Nah, I love telling you how pathetic you are.

  5. Clarence Moon says:

    Mr. Pogson might even be grateful that his local university has received millions in cash from the Gates stash in order to foster research:

    http://umanitoba.ca/news/blogs/blog/2009/12/07/news-release-centre-for-global-public-health-opens-receives-millions-in-funding/#more-487

  6. Clarence Moon says:

    I think that you are just listening to some Microsoft-haters’ lies, Mr. Oiaohm. I would think that someone who claims to be so astute in all matters (save English grammar) would at least look around for more factual accounts. I will help you start by pointing to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant history pages:

    http://www.gatesfoundation.org/grants/Pages/search.aspx

    Please find the grants that you speak of and point them out to us. Everything I find seems to be straightforward cash awards and no such in-kind donation of Microsoft software seems to be in evidence.

  7. oiaohm says:

    Clarence Moon some of the bill gates donations are a total joke.

    Like 2 million donation to one research group. It was 2 million in MS Software at full RRP. Thinking they are a non for profit if they had been given the full money threw the Microsoft non for profit software acquirement system they could have had more software.

    Some have turned out to have clauses to get the money a requirement to use Microsoft software to exclusion to everything else.

    Some have been forcing gm crops that Bill Gates him self has a vested interest in.

    Yes once you start following the money Bill Gates charities start looking like Microsoft and other companies Bill Gates has vested interest in advertisement budget. Yes being a chartity is a good way to hid lots what would be otherwise illegal actions from the regulators.

    Yes some have been building schools in countries where Linux is the dominate OS in schools but the bill gates built schools are MS product only. No open source.

    These are not actions of a true charity.

  8. Kozmcrae says:

    Follow the money. It all leads back to Bill. Don’t bother looking Clarence. You won’t find it anywhere. As a devoted follower in the Cult of Bill, you see only what you want to see, hear only what you want to hear.

    So don’t ask, how so, unless you are ready to hear how so. You are not ready.

  9. Clarence Moon says:

    How so, Mr. Oiaohm?

  10. oiaohm says:

    Clarence Moon really follow bill gates charity work a lot still is push Microsoft Work.

  11. Kozmcrae says:

    Every cult needs a leader. And we know Microsoft has at least on worshiper here, don’t we Clarence.

  12. Clarence Moon says:

    That seems to be pretty much of an urban legend, Mr. Pogson. Apparently many business analysts come to the same conclusion as yourself in that such a move would not make any sense at all and Gates is, if nothing else, a very rational business person.

    Gates himself denies it, via his staff:

    http://allthingsd.com/20111208/sorry-folks-bill-gates-is-not-coming-back-to-microsoft/

    Also, various articles point out that he remains as Chairman of the Board at Microsoft and has a lot of clout via that authority if he actually wanted to make something happen.

    With all his money, though, he is doubtless having too good of a time curing AIDS and poverty and meeting with kings, presidents, and prime ministers to want to go back to counting beans at the factory. Besides, he has Warren Buffet’s money to play with too in his foundation.

    I’d call him retired and proud of it.

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