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Breakingviews: Microsoft’s disappearing old guard

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 - 03:03

Feb. 4 - Bill Gates is no longer chairman and the company has named a new CEO. Breakingviews columnists discuss why these changes are an important signal for the future of Microsoft.

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So it collapsed Microsoft has some news it's got a -- C yes that's in that Allen who's been at the company since 1992. Steve Ballmer is stepping while we give him a separate site and the port but most importantly. Chairman Bill Gates is no longer chairman he's going to be a special advisor. The board of technology now of course everyone's expecting this at you at September wrote that this should have happened yet because -- -- was a pretty ineffective chairman using great. Not let me get this -- it's. -- -- CEO of the company's problems when he was when news chairman he just kind of -- -- go and just require a two companies spend. A lot of money capital just weeks -- in -- in consumer markets hard work -- it didn't work out. I we just sit in the world you know -- the area which all which is just usually awesome right buddy but it's not necessarily. A great I don't know what is chairman. The thing is that the UCLA's coming in and he's got he's got good experience he's he learns to class and enterprise division which Microsoft's future it's good business this is like selling software to raise global and everything excitement of the want to have another except one thing which is -- He's more attack product that which is probably what the company needs and you've seen undersea bomber you know. Having itself kind of evidence tech company isn't necessarily the best thing in the world -- in a little bit curious -- I mean it. You know they're keeping Bill Gates on which is probably good it is obviously -- send our -- that opening in time for the company. It -- -- the -- the press but there's -- tech advisor at finding little weird -- -- CEO of the tech companies protective -- but I mean I guess it's -- sort of figurehead role that it will be involved. When he wants to this -- of course is so well it's it's quite an important signal that he's no longer chairman he you know he's still going to be there and devoting more time comes you've got -- with 4% stocks can still be on the board. Is going to be very difficult for fidelity or anything like we've been arguing force since -- -- -- effort for years and years that -- company should split up and they should spin off there again and seeing and hardware error again. All the divisions. And folks on at a -- offer -- -- happens. I'm but what the company can do in -- can -- it is focused a bit more the effort on things like. Console for for a crisis and it seems like that's probably what he's going to do so even if it's just a question of emphasis. Emphasizing what you that's not being distracted by. All the little you know about -- I wonder how are solid innings -- -- how hard that is giving it all are like on the way out basically just went out and bought. Nokia and this is the problem is that why you ended up with an internal that -- he may be great cabinet and appointees. No one no credible manager wanted to at a company where you just saddle them with another. Bad decision. In this case is that one and it's not gonna follow ancestors I don't forget last week there's also the role holiness you know if you're also opting in and that's for political probably it'll probably stop doing these capital destroying acquisitions and if you just stop doing it that's great for -- okay. Well let's get so. Microsoft will stop digging. It's holt and try to maybe get out of it -- will be back with more. Britain -- tomorrow.

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Breakingviews: Microsoft’s disappearing old guard

Tuesday, February 04, 2014 - 03:03