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(The Verge)   You know those kids that break everything they touch? Steve Ballmer was one of those kids   (theverge.com) divider line 28
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2012-07-20 10:53:09 AM
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For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius.
 
2012-07-20 11:07:13 AM
As was I. I loved taking things apart. I usually got them back together again. Usually.
 
2012-07-20 01:28:01 PM

Lando Lincoln: As was I. I loved taking things apart. I usually got them back together again. Usually.


My knickname was the destroyer because I took everything apart to see how it worked.

/rarely had leftover parts after I put it back together.
/ok, a lot of times I did.
/ fine, always.
 
2012-07-20 01:47:00 PM
FTA:

goodwill impairment charge

I thought that's what they were going to call the losses they're going to incur when Windows 8 comes out.
 
2012-07-20 01:54:17 PM
Isnt this all just a paper loss. They wrote down $6B on some crazy acquisition meaning they avoided paying taxes on the $5.5B profit they would have otherwise made.
 
2012-07-20 02:36:02 PM

Faddy: Isnt this all just a paper loss. They wrote down $6B on some crazy acquisition meaning they avoided paying taxes on the $5.5B profit they would have otherwise made.


Yeah but after 100? straight quarters with a profit....heck Microsoft has never failed to post a profit ever since they went public.

Until now.


But their acquisition strategy has changed of late as well. I remember when they used to steal other companies ideas, get sued, and then say "Fine, we'll just buy your company rather than settle in court" (didn't that happen with chkdsk in DOS 5/6?)

Now it's buy up what seems to be good ideas.

Free internet PC to PC calling! (Skype)
Advertising agency so we can have Bing compete with Google! (oops!)

What's next, buying Nintendo so they only have to take down the mighty Sony corporation o' cards?
 
2012-07-20 02:40:53 PM
"You know those kids that break everything they touch? Steve Ballmer was one of those kids"

In most software companies his job role would be a Tester.
 
2012-07-20 02:41:43 PM
FTFA: For the fiscal year in total, Microsoft recorded $73.72 billion in revenue, with operating income at $21.76 billion

21.76 billion in profit after a one time writeoff of 6 bilion. Yep, this is a company circling the drain. Time to run Steve out of town. Windows mobile and online services might not be doing much, but that's not a suprise. MS is always late to the party, but crashes it hard. With that sort of cash surplus, they can keep throwing money at those segments until something gains some traction.
 
2012-07-20 02:48:31 PM
So there's hope for my little destroyer? Well, alrighty then.
 
2012-07-20 02:51:05 PM

NewWorldDan: FTFA: For the fiscal year in total, Microsoft recorded $73.72 billion in revenue, with operating income at $21.76 billion

21.76 billion in profit after a one time writeoff of 6 bilion. Yep, this is a company circling the drain. Time to run Steve out of town. Windows mobile and online services might not be doing much, but that's not a suprise. MS is always late to the party, but crashes it hard. With that sort of cash surplus, they can keep throwing money at those segments until something gains some traction.


That's true. After all, they were late to the mp3 player party, but when they arrived and unleashed the brown Zune on the world, there was no way the iPod could compete.
 
2012-07-20 03:42:07 PM

t3knomanser: [encrypted-tbn1.google.com image 256x192]

For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius.


holy shat, how did I not make that connection before?

+1
 
2012-07-20 03:43:46 PM
Ballmer seems like the kind of guy who only hears about 3/4 of what anyone is telling him at any given moment, but he's always ready to Make a Big Decision and Do Something Great.
 
2012-07-20 03:50:25 PM
B...but...developers!

Developers developers developers DEVELOPERS!
 
2012-07-20 04:19:30 PM
Sounds like he hasn't changed a bit.
 
2012-07-20 04:44:21 PM
You're doin' one heck of a job, Ballmer
 
2012-07-20 05:36:21 PM

NewWorldDan: Time to run Steve out of town.


Even if MS was doing OK, this might be better in the longterm if they can find someone with a hint of forward vision.
 
2012-07-20 06:18:20 PM
I took one of my dad's 5 1/4" disk drives apart once after asking him if I could. I had no intention of ever putting it back together, he thought otherwise. Oh well, they only cost 300 bucks back then. Whoops.
 
2012-07-20 06:45:06 PM

IanMoone: Faddy: Isnt this all just a paper loss. They wrote down $6B on some crazy acquisition meaning they avoided paying taxes on the $5.5B profit they would have otherwise made.

Yeah but after 100? straight quarters with a profit....heck Microsoft has never failed to post a profit ever since they went public.

Until now.


But their acquisition strategy has changed of late as well. I remember when they used to steal other companies ideas, get sued, and then say "Fine, we'll just buy your company rather than settle in court" (didn't that happen with chkdsk in DOS 5/6?)

Now it's buy up what seems to be good ideas.

Free internet PC to PC calling! (Skype)
Advertising agency so we can have Bing compete with Google! (oops!)

What's next, buying Nintendo so they only have to take down the mighty Sony corporation o' cards?


They just need to revise their "copy whatever Google does" policy. MS's acquisition of aQuantive was a reaction to Google buying Doubleclick.
 
2012-07-20 07:09:22 PM

BudTheSpud: B...but...developers!

Developers developers developers DEVELOPERS!


Developers
 
2012-07-20 08:05:17 PM
Ballmer wanted developers, but then he touched them and they broke.
 
2012-07-20 10:50:43 PM

IanMoone: What's next, buying Nintendo so they only have to take down the mighty Sony corporation o' cards?


Buying Sony would be far cheaper, which says a lot about the sorry state of Sony's finances.
 
2012-07-21 12:24:39 AM

NewWorldDan: FTFA: For the fiscal year in total, Microsoft recorded $73.72 billion in revenue, with operating income at $21.76 billion

21.76 billion in profit after a one time writeoff of 6 bilion. Yep, this is a company circling the drain. Time to run Steve out of town. Windows mobile and online services might not be doing much, but that's not a suprise. MS is always late to the party, but crashes it hard. With that sort of cash surplus, they can keep throwing money at those segments until something gains some traction.


$21.76 billion in operating profit. Operating profit doesn't count money spent on capital or on investments and acquisitions. They actually lost money, though it sounds like they had positive cash flow because they wrote down $6 billion for a goodwill impairment. That $6 billion is money they spent on an acquisition in the past which went bust, though. They didn't record it as a loss or as an expense then, but it's a loss now. It counts.
 
2012-07-21 02:57:52 AM
Just keep up the good work Steve. Apple is laughing all the way to the bank and most surely appreciates it. Perhaps you could float a loan from them?
 
2012-07-21 03:10:47 AM

IanMoone: What's next, buying Nintendo so they only have to take down the mighty Sony corporation o' cards?


Nintendo stock is majority owned by private individuals, the largest holder being Yamauchi, whose family founded Nintendo. The rest of the private individuals are long time Nintendo employees who owe their livelihoods and fortunes to Yamauchi.

Even if Microsoft wanted to buy Nintendo, they couldn't, not without somehow convincing Yamauchi to sell the company that is his family's dynasty and which he himself grew from a tiny arcade toy manufacturer into the world's leading video game software developer and game hardware producer, along with all his die hard loyal friends.

So, yeah, good luck with that, MS. Also, Sony is crumbling as we speak. No need for Microsoft to stick their hand in there.
 
2012-07-21 09:30:30 AM
How is it that they can put out a good product every once in a while that pretty much dominates the worldwide market and yet the rest of the time they can't seem to tie their shoe laces.
 
2012-07-21 10:58:39 AM

jayhawk88: Ballmer seems like the kind of guy who only hears about 3/4 1% of what anyone is telling him at any given moment, but he's always ready to Make a Big Decision and Do Something Great.


You're way too generous. He's the CEO who shat his pants and already decided what to do and just wants people to blather before he makes his big pronouncement.

I hope every single person responsible for pushing inking aside at M$ is ashamed of how badly they've farked themselves. Samsung has sold more Galaxy Note phones, which were panned as too big and with the superfluous pen when it came out less than a year ago, than the total number of Windows Phones sold since Jan 2011, with plenty of advertising and positive reviews. Ouch. Heck, Windows is still losing to Blackberry, which is regarded as a walking corpse.

And now they're boning W7-7.5 adopters, and shoving metro down desktop users throats. Time to re-evaluate Linux distros.
 
2012-07-22 03:50:32 PM
You write down good will when you're making yourself more appealing to a friendly institutional purchase...
 
2012-07-22 06:32:27 PM
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