“WSJ’s sources further claimed that Nadella had asked Gates to “spend more time on technology and strategy” to help ease him into the role â€“ assuming Nadella will get the nod, that is, which is what most everyone is now assuming.”There is a rumour that BG will return in some role along the lines of “product development”. I’m OK with that. The guy who last created a decent and useful product in the 1980s should be at the helm when the ship sinks. He only recent success was locking M$ and much of the world into a dungeon. What the world needs is “break-out” not “lock-in”.
“The question that we have to face upto is a Memphis release this Fall vs. Memphis/IE4 slipping into 1998.
If you add up the facts around IE4. there is low conï¬dence that it is possible to ship an integrated Memphis/IE4 product this year. The IE4 product will need to go through several resets and unplanned work items before it is shippable. Among the issues that will need to be worked through include; security, corporate customer acceptance of push. customer feedback on UI, OS integration, performance,
competitive response to Netscape.”BG is the guy who decided to integrate Internet Exploder with the OS. We saw how well that worked out. They destroyed Netscape and just about every PC and server on the Internet at the same time. That decision made both products worse… I remember being able to crash Lose ’98 in a few seconds of browsing the web.
Isn’t BG the guy who decided to switch file-formats periodically to mess up the whole world so they would buy the latest release? Isn’t he the one who decided PCs should slow down so that people would buy a new one every few years? How did that work out for you? How did it work out for M$? The world decided to create ODF and nearly sunk the corporation for consumers. Last I heard, there were a hell of a lot more PCs and OS sold to consumers than businesses. Nevertheless, BG threatened every business with destruction just for using M$’s products. There’s a recipe for long-term success. It was in the news for months that M$ was threatening whole countries over OOXML. What are those whole countries doing now? In the end, M$ had to support ODF or lose entirely. How much time, money and energy was wasted in the process?
M$ has lots of money to waste. Think BIG, Bill!