Submitted by MariaHelFutura 738d ago | opinion piece

Why Steve Ballmer Failed

Ballmer is roughly the tech industry’s equivalent of Mikhail Gorbachev, without the coup and the tanks and Red Square. When he took control, in 2000, Microsoft was one of the most powerful and feared companies in the world. It had a market capitalization of around five hundred billion dollars, the highest of any company on earth. Developers referred to it as an “evil empire.” As he leaves, it’s a sprawling shadow. It still has cash—but that matters little. (Industry, Microsoft, Steve Ballmer)

Saints94  +   738d ago
Nice picture.
GT67  +   738d ago


enough said.......
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Computersaysno  +   738d ago
Maybe but he is a buffoon but he is worth about 15 billion dollars with a private yacht the size of a frigate, a mathematical genius no less and has some of the greatest gifs and videos the internet has ever seen. He was only ever an employee of Microsoft, one of the few billionaires in the world that never actually founded the company that made him rich.

Not that bad of a failure then. He'll retire and enjoy himself.
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SilentNegotiator  +   738d ago

A person can still fail at his job and become rich in the process. Capitalism is the best economic system, but it definitely has its flaws.
meetajhu  +   738d ago
Yeah he's not a buffoon sitting infront of his computer or closet and raging every day in all websites and forums. Yawn. He is 100 times the superior brain to most of the humans in the planet. And he is a mathematical genius. Bill Gates was not dumb to make him the CEO. Ballmer was one the prime reasons for Windows success.
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sak500  +   738d ago
He's still leaving MS in better shape then most Sony employees.

Look at those sdf ants crawling all over this news. Lets attack every MS article since we can't do anything constructive anyway.
SpecialSauce  +   738d ago
hah! dude MS is one of the lamest cold corporate money machines on the planet. why you enjoy defending them is beyond me. Ballmer sucks ass and YES has millions of dollars but really doesnt give a damn about you. people are happy to bash him because he really accomplished nothing significant in his time as CEO of one of the biggest corporations on the planet.

It's great he's going, hopefully the next guy pushes MS into becoming so much more than it is, and i don't mean more cash flow.

excellent article. all the blows were well placed and just
jackanderson1985  +   738d ago
not sure why they are saying he failed... he took over when the dotcom bubble was raring and it subsequently crashed... he kept the company on relatively solid share price while others around him crashed, although some did rise like apple and google

they still own the PC market, they're making gains (albeit relatively small) in the mobile market and are one of the leading companies in the home console market.

not bad i'd say.

then again fresh blood is always good for a company and maybe the new man/woman in charge will let them make bigger gains in the mobile market and provide a worthy challenge to Apple and Google
OrangePowerz  +   738d ago
Well during his time they had Zune, Windows Vista and Windows 8 and some other things that didn't work out that well. While the share price is stable currently it is 2/3 of what it was at the end of 1999 when MS was at the peak. They still have the OS market under control, but for all other areas they have to fight against very competent conpetition.
kingdip90  +   738d ago
That's why the stock jumped 8 when ballmer announced he was leaving. It seems the reshuffle at microsoft didn't save his hide after all.

I'm wondering what this means for xbox one. I hear there is a very vocal element in the company wanting to sell them and while it may only be small they may gather momentum during whatever paradigm shift will take place in a year when ballmer actually leaves.

It makes you wonder how good an investment xbox one is now with such an uncertain future
meetajhu  +   738d ago
w8 Windows Vista and Windows 8 was failure? I never knew. Coz your PC running is powered by Windows 7 and all future devices firmwares are built upon WDM drivers. Is this a personal hate for Steve Ballmer or is the hate for the Xbox One?
OrangePowerz  +   736d ago
The only reason Windows 8 is selling is because you can`t buy any new PC with Windows 7, they all come automatically with Win8. It`s an OS designed for touch devices forced on desktop users. Windows Vista ran horribly bad compared to XP and Windows 7 is what Vista should have been.
Thehyph  +   738d ago
He didn't fail. Microsoft still made gains in his tenure at the top.

It's just that those gains were nowhere near as huge as Apple and Google.
They showed up half-assed and then too late to the mobile devices gig; the most important thing to have happened in the tech industry since he became CEO.

And relating to this site: They will come in third place again at the end of the current generation of consoles. The primary reason would be neglect of the global market. Winning North America is not as great as winning the world.
r1sh12  +   738d ago
Ballmer has not failed, the entire market has shifted to a different place.
E.g - all PC sales are down, due to the mobile/ tablet market.
Yes MS were a little slow in the tablet arena but the software works great on them now. But they are primarily a software company.

Its easy to call him a failure, but look at Tim cook and apple.
The share prices dropped, but who do you blame?
Actually Samsung/ Android became a big contender hence why apple lost it a little.

HE has done some good things.
BattleAxe  +   738d ago
Developers. developers, developers, developers....
Soldierone  +   738d ago
Because all he did was ride out what he was given. Everything he was involved in, failed. He was also the one that saw no potential in smart phones, and now look, Microsoft is desperate for a share in that market. Why? Because HE blew it off.

He let Zune die, almost let Xbox blow itself up, watched Windows release two horrible releases, lost the phone market, sucked in the tablet market, and the shares and revenue from Microsoft as a whole are not even half of what they were.

You can't blame the dot com bubble. Google, Apple, Yahoo, all these companies were set up to do well, and did better. Microsoft was in a better position than all of them, and failed. Honestly if it wasn't for what Gates did before him, Microsoft would probably be gone right now. Then you have companies jumping in late, Amazon, Facebook, etc... that are growing faster than MS has the past ten years.

All he wanted to do was ride it out.
NateCole  +   738d ago
Thats because MS was too big to fail and not because he is any good.

He is a douche and a follower. Not a visionary leader.
SilentNegotiator  +   738d ago
"he kept the company on relatively solid share price while others around him crashed"

Why would a SOFTWARE/HARDWARE company be expected to crash when the dotcom bubble burst? The need for computers didn't go anywhere just because horrible internet companies with failed business plans exploded.

Of course they went down because they're RELATED, but then Microsoft stock just went back and forth around its ~$30 average ever since. How did Ballmer do that?
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No_Limit  +   738d ago
LOL, MariaHelFutura and another anti-MS news submission. smh
JackStraw  +   738d ago
do you LOL at every single thing you read?
GenericNameHere  +   738d ago
MHF also submitted the stupid article saying PS4 is for stupid people, and that you Xbots are very smart because you allow NSA to rip you a new one everyday. If anything, you're just personally attacking people who submits any article that doesn't praise Microsoft or the Xbox
maniacmayhem  +   738d ago
Or maybe he's pointing out that certain obvious sony trolls love to submit flame bait articles.

And there also more people on this site who attack anyone who doesn't bow down to Sony.
buynit  +   738d ago

This guy has some seriously weirdo moments, that pic!
corywebb93  +   738d ago
He looks really handsome in that picture
sak500  +   738d ago
You wanna ask him out?
Chapter11  +   738d ago
Zune, Windows Vista and Windows 8. The original Xbox lost MS more money then it made, plus the original Xbox One policies. Xbox Live is now synonymous as the scum of the gaming world with racist, sexist, homophobic children screaming at you. On top of all that, they've become one of the most money hungry companies in the country charging an arm and a leg for products that normally come free.

Yeah, I'd say that's a failure if I've ever seen one.
Agent_hitman  +   738d ago
Steve is not fit on the job as a CEO of a multinational company like MS. He doesn't have any backgrounds in Software writing, programming like Bill Gates. He's not even interested in Gaming, especially the Xbox division. He should be the one to run the Xbox division but he didn't
SkullBlade169  +   738d ago
Developers is why.
zeroskie  +   738d ago
annus  +   738d ago
Here's to hoping that MS crashes and burns and everyone shifts to a real OS and all game developers make the switch to OpenGL.
meetajhu  +   738d ago
The Hatred is strong in you!
annus  +   738d ago
Sure is. I hate how pretty much every industry is basically forced to use Windows and MS Office purely because it's the standard for no reason. Same goes for Direct X.
meetajhu  +   738d ago
Its clearly because you haven't used any Office products extensively. Office was made standard by organizations it was not made standard by Microsoft. OpenGL driver writer and the only person who uses OpenGL in his games John Carmack himself stated that DirectX is superior in every way.
annus  +   738d ago
That was in early 2011, and he said they were minimal, which is why he stuck with openGL. Both of them go back and forth in which is better, there really isn't that much difference in either at any one time, apart from the fact that one is limited purely to Windows, while the other supports pretty much everything (All Linux distros inlcluding PS4, Unix, Android, MacOS, iOS etc).

If you google for "valve direct x" you will come across an article that shows that valve got 20% extra FPS using openGL and linux. But like I said, they change constantly with updates.
meetajhu  +   737d ago
The people who beta tested the Linux version of Left4Dead said the increase in performance is due to poor image quality not acutal performance increase due to OS(Steam forums). Even till today's date compare any MacOSX or Linux games to windows in benchmark, windows will clearly win this due to the fact the monlitic kernel is superior to what u find in osx or linux to handle graphics cards. You also see most of the rendering PC's use Windows only. Heck even PS3 and Ps4 development they use windows only. You see in Infamous second son developer video itself they are using Windows and Visual Studio for development. Its not because Microsoft created standard they created tools and awesome support for developers and if there is problem with the game they don't blame the OS or drivers. Microsoft is evolving in every way eg:- Windows Azure is powered by Windows 2010 R2 servers and they offer the most superior web server performance.

Unlike Mac where different kernels need to be made for running on Macbook,mac pro(based on CPU and Mobo arch) and also in Linux different drivers need to be compiled for your hardware and only God knows weather it will work properly with your applications. But on Windows with one OS and one sophisticated kernel will run on almost all the PC's in the planet. Imagine how hard it is to design something like that.

Even iPhone there is different firwares for different phones though they share the same architecture from iPhone 3gs upto iPhone 5. Even on Android 1000's of kernel drivers for different phones you can check it out at xda forums. Until today Microsoft has never cheated their customers. If they are charging for something rest assured the quality will be best.

Go buy a 180$ Android phone without contract and compare it with 180$ Windows Phone without contract and compare which is better when it comes to performance and web browser. You will know the quality of service.

Not only carmack but every game developer says this. Your free to ask anyone


Even God of War 3 technical director praises Windows.
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gaelic_laoch  +   738d ago
He failed because like most CEO they have maximum confidence in their limited abilities and their fortunes are dictated by those that work under them and by luck!
MasterCornholio  +   738d ago
-looks at picture-

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modesign  +   738d ago
To bad in the 13 yes there he didn't acquire more developers.

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