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Breakingviews: Sacrilege at Microsoft?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 03:24

Sept. 25 - Jeffrey Goldfarb and Breakingviews columnists suggest that it may be time for Bill Gates to part ways with the $270 billion software company he founded and still chairs.

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So Microsoft contemplates who replaced you bombers you know it got us thinking. About where they're actually -- a higher power also needs to look Microsoft. Robs your universe a provocative some might call sack religious students say debated Bill Gates should -- all Steve Ballmer out. And yet if you think about it he stepped down as CEO in 2000 and since then he's been chairman. And what does what does it mean to be a charity means you've set big -- that the strategy for the company oversee this means they receive chief executive. You pick a new one you get them ready in case the chief executive has to go. And need it in all these cases he's he's done a really -- job and think about it. Armed bombers stepping down there's no one lined up over the past ten was the biggest job really determined yet how a pretty clear succession plan. You're serving you also where is the point that Nokia deal right it -- -- right at the same time as saying people risking their time within a year end. Seemingly not having a successor place. The boat okay is it seven plus billion deal to buy Nokia Smartphone business which blocks Microsoft essentially into that. Into making Smart thing. Devices and attending -- so much the money on the deal it's really what -- somebody you exit -- a strategy to build devices which for consumers which like so does not send itself to be particularly good that. Over the years and do -- thing you can have a Gates's he's stepped away from day to day management. Dates -- -- but like so five years ago he still haven't. But he's the votes on -- foundation his foundation has -- billion dollar endowment and doing great local over the world. And if that is settled in Microsoft now and -- surprise me -- -- analysts say it is is only four off percent to twelve but only for only twelve billion Ottawa. It's a lot of money with -- accident is that network yet. It's always -- -- bombers chip. Right there's. I mean that's and that's with a dilemma here I mean this guy is an icon he really does know technology here and now we know woods' quest things up. It's it's a it's a it's a question of priorities really. Yeah it's a question of you know will the world be better off you spend more time and -- reflects not -- Of course there will be. Will Microsoft are -- I would argue yes if you spent more time away from it create different chairman. So the question is no wise he's still doing this I mean it could -- a question of you know he's got a lot wrapped up in this company think about -- you know what he's at home at a the companies that are low coastal cities initially kids. What happens to it yes it is a code junkie is at -- even. Despite the fact that it was great -- to the foundation so always things make it a little sacrilegious to suggest this that a mile and you know it's if it's a great company but it's it's. Lost its way a bit maybe it needs a fresh sort of direction however and the Elevation Partners Koppel has been a lot about Alan Mulally has may be on the short list BC EO. It almost in a way he sort of might make a better chairman. Microsoft promised you -- right you know I mean he's that he's attendant. It. He's YouTube becoming -- this great Monaro one as the possible candidates that we had a great run at Ford. That's gonna rattle some small. Clear focuses its its summing wakes up and it's a lot to me he's very good that there where we will leave it there. And we will be back with more breaking news tomorrow.

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Breakingviews: Sacrilege at Microsoft?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 03:24