Prediction: Ballmer out within a year

I'll stick my neck out again with a Microsoft prediction. CEO Steve Ballmer will be out of a job within the next 12 months. The major reason, whether stated or not, will be Microsoft's staggering incompetence in adapting to (much less anticipating) changes in the online and real-time computing landscape. It may not be all … Continue reading Prediction: Ballmer out within a year

Another Microsoft layoff

In July, I predicted that Microsoft would have another layoff. Today, the news came down: Another 800 employee layoff. That's slightly less than 1% of its worldwide headcount. (John, I beat the year's end with 58 days to spare.)

I’m grumpy

I'm grumpy about the local Seattle media's self-serving Web 2.0 / blogosphere circular hand-tugs. I'm grumpy about obvious toot-your-own-horn tweets on Twitter. (Hint: If I'm interested in your blog, it'll be in my RSS reader. Tweeting that you just wrote a blog post is inane.) I'm grumpy about how the main stream media writes about … Continue reading I’m grumpy

“Microsoft sales, profits plummet”

When talking about revenue or profits, "plummet" isn't a word you want to see in the same paragraph. Two weeks ago, I predicted another Microsoft layoff this year. Today, TechFlash's Todd Bishop reports that Microsoft reported fourth quarter revenue down 17%, and profits down to 34 cents/share. Every division had a revenue decline. Windows Clients … Continue reading “Microsoft sales, profits plummet”

Another Microsoft layoff

I predict Microsoft will have another layoff this year. This is either a bold or stupid thing to say, much less write in a blog. Probably both. I'm no economist, financial guru (to which my last set of brokerage statements will attest), or business seer. Nonetheless, I have two eyes, and a brain that occasionally produces … Continue reading Another Microsoft layoff