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Microsoft needs an intervention

Steven
  • On April 28, 2008
  • http://www.winextra.com

We're coming to save you Microsoft At some point you have to really feel for the Microsoft employees who care about the company and are passionate about the products they are responsible for. There comes a point though where even the most passionate employee must begin to wonder why they are bothering. With Ballmer leading the company on the fool’s errand of trying to pull off a merger of Microsoft and Yahoo much is being made of trying to create some kind of synergy and blending of two different corporate cultures with the incoming Yahoo employees. What isn’t being talked about that much is how are the Microsoft employees reacting to all of this.

In a post today Mary Jo Foley does indeed talk about just this and take away on it from what she has been able to find out isn’t very good. With some Microsoft employees looking to move into any newly created Yahoo related teams as soon as they can to other employees pointing fingers at badly managed sections of the company the internal picture isn’t looking very good to say the least.

As Mary Jo quotes one anonymous source as telling her

“No one wants it (the Microsoft-Yahoo merger) to happen. The only reason it’s being considered is that the management of Windows Live has been so ineffective that they can’t ship anything worth using. They are consistently behind what consumers want, and unlike the old Microsoft, they are so poorly managed that they can’t even copy everyone else. “

My feeling though is that as bad as the internal conflicts are for Microsoft it is only a smaller part of a much larger problem with the company.

Comments

  1. Steven – what about the Xbox Live angle? I'm guessing you didn't mention it because you haven't followed what's happening there(?) Games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero are redefining music distribution online.The Live marketplace is growing, dominating and *the* place to be for the younger gaming generation. Don't be surprised if this division becomes the future for Microsoft. Can't underestimate the power of gaming. Look at the history behind solitaire.Also, there is the corporate side of Microsoft and they still have massive penetration in that market.

  2. Steven – what about the Xbox Live angle? I'm guessing you didn't mention it because you haven't followed what's happening there(?)

    Games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero are redefining music distribution online.

    The Live marketplace is growing, dominating and *the* place to be for the younger gaming generation. Don't be surprised if this division becomes the future for Microsoft. Can't underestimate the power of gaming. Look at the history behind solitaire.

    Also, there is the corporate side of Microsoft and they still have massive penetration in that market.

  3. It sounds to me like they simply have too many employees and too many managers. I've worked for great companies and some pretty bad ones. There was one thing in common with the companies that were unable to innovate, though. They all felt powerless.I likened it to building an assembly line with a thousand people and each one is allowed to press the stop button. Without a streamlined, empowered team, innovation is nothing short of a miracle.

  4. It sounds to me like they simply have too many employees and too many managers. I've worked for great companies and some pretty bad ones. There was one thing in common with the companies that were unable to innovate, though. They all felt powerless.

    I likened it to building an assembly line with a thousand people and each one is allowed to press the stop button. Without a streamlined, empowered team, innovation is nothing short of a miracle.

  5. Xbox Live might well be an anomoly within Microsoft but for all the press itrecieves it still hasn't or is just now beginning to make money – after howmany years of being as directionless as the rest of the company. As forredefining music distribution we have Zune – yet another directionlessdivision.As much as I dislike the naming convention the Live Services division could*eventually* be the main course Microsoft goes but right now as Mary Joquotes her sources as saying it is as badly mismanaged and directionless asany other division.

  6. Xbox Live might well be an anomoly within Microsoft but for all the press it
    recieves it still hasn't or is just now beginning to make money – after how
    many years of being as directionless as the rest of the company. As for
    redefining music distribution we have Zune – yet another directionless
    division.

    As much as I dislike the naming convention the Live Services division could
    *eventually* be the main course Microsoft goes but right now as Mary Jo
    quotes her sources as saying it is as badly mismanaged and directionless as
    any other division.

  7. I would have to agree with you Doug

  8. I would have to agree with you Doug

  9. I would have to agree with you Doug

  10. I would have to agree with you Doug

  11. Here's something you might want to read, if you haven't already (and Zune is mentioned in a positive light, imagine that):http://www.dailytech.com/Xbox+360+Drives+Micros…You also skipped refuting the corporate angle. Little competition there.

  12. Here's something you might want to read, if you haven't already (and Zune is mentioned in a positive light, imagine that):
    http://www.dailytech.com/Xbox+360+Drives+Micros

    You also skipped refuting the corporate angle. Little competition there.

  13. Here's something you might want to read, if you haven't already (and Zune is mentioned in a positive light, imagine that):http://www.dailytech.com/Xbox+360+Drives+Micros…You also skipped refuting the corporate angle. Little competition there.

  14. Here's something you might want to read, if you haven't already (and Zune is mentioned in a positive light, imagine that):
    http://www.dailytech.com/Xbox+360+Drives+Micros

    You also skipped refuting the corporate angle. Little competition there.

  15. I'm glad to see Xbox is making a profit even though its millions are farfrom the billions that the OS or Office divisions make. Like Brett Norquistnoted in a post not long ago Xbox and Zune are the only two divisions inMicrosoft that have managed to understand the *cool factor* that is thedriving force of the younger generations that are driving their profits. Therest of the company still are in the utilitarion stage no matter how mucheye candy they dress their products up in.As for the corporate angle I would agree that currently little competitionfor Microsoft but this is the prime area where they are indeed resting ontheir laruels because they don't think they have any direct threats. Thathowever could be a dangerous attittude to have as Apple is beginning to makeinroads there as well – granted it isn't a rush of companies going thatroute but it is happening all the same.

  16. I'm glad to see Xbox is making a profit even though its millions are far
    from the billions that the OS or Office divisions make. Like Brett Norquist
    noted in a post not long ago Xbox and Zune are the only two divisions in
    Microsoft that have managed to understand the *cool factor* that is the
    driving force of the younger generations that are driving their profits. The
    rest of the company still are in the utilitarion stage no matter how much
    eye candy they dress their products up in.

    As for the corporate angle I would agree that currently little competition
    for Microsoft but this is the prime area where they are indeed resting on
    their laruels because they don't think they have any direct threats. That
    however could be a dangerous attittude to have as Apple is beginning to make
    inroads there as well – granted it isn't a rush of companies going that
    route but it is happening all the same.

  17. I'm glad to see Xbox is making a profit even though its millions are farfrom the billions that the OS or Office divisions make. Like Brett Norquistnoted in a post not long ago Xbox and Zune are the only two divisions inMicrosoft that have managed to understand the *cool factor* that is thedriving force of the younger generations that are driving their profits. Therest of the company still are in the utilitarion stage no matter how mucheye candy they dress their products up in.As for the corporate angle I would agree that currently little competitionfor Microsoft but this is the prime area where they are indeed resting ontheir laruels because they don't think they have any direct threats. Thathowever could be a dangerous attittude to have as Apple is beginning to makeinroads there as well – granted it isn't a rush of companies going thatroute but it is happening all the same.

  18. I'm glad to see Xbox is making a profit even though its millions are far
    from the billions that the OS or Office divisions make. Like Brett Norquist
    noted in a post not long ago Xbox and Zune are the only two divisions in
    Microsoft that have managed to understand the *cool factor* that is the
    driving force of the younger generations that are driving their profits. The
    rest of the company still are in the utilitarion stage no matter how much
    eye candy they dress their products up in.

    As for the corporate angle I would agree that currently little competition
    for Microsoft but this is the prime area where they are indeed resting on
    their laruels because they don't think they have any direct threats. That
    however could be a dangerous attittude to have as Apple is beginning to make
    inroads there as well – granted it isn't a rush of companies going that
    route but it is happening all the same.

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