John C. Dvorak reports for Dow Jones MarketWatch:
It's now official that Bungie Software and Microsoft have split... while this does look like a win-win for both sides, it doesn't bode well for Microsoft management, which showed that it can't handle creative types. The rap against the company has always been that it can't really invent anything new and has to copy someone else's ideas. It's constantly chided for copying everything Apple does.
This episode both reaffirms this notion while giving us insight into the reason that Microsoft is so derivative. It simply does not have the management skills to both nurture and direct creative people...
Don't expect any big financial impact... but it remains worrisome that Microsoft couldn't maximize from the benefit of having a group of highly creative individuals within its ranks... the apparently dysfunctional corporate culture in Redmond drove away some great talent. This is obviously endemic, and this episode isn't ending on a positive note for the future of Microsoft.