- 08-26-2013, 09:46 PM #1
WPCentral has already posted an article stating that Stephen Elop is on the short list to be CEO.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop reportedly on short list.
Let's talk about the implications of that as well as what other names we expect to see batted around. And with those other names, what are the pros and cons?
Is there already a plan that is being put in motion?
- 08-26-2013, 10:48 PM #2
My preference would be an outsider, not an insider. I think someone who is not entrenched in Microsoft's culture would be best suited for turning the company around by spurring innovation quickly. A long time company man or woman would just keep doing the same-old, same-old.
- 08-26-2013, 11:16 PM #6
I'm a fan of getting Elop.
The reason I say that is because he's proven that he can succeed in devices and services. And as we know, Microsoft is now defining themselves as a "devices and services" company instead of a "software" company.
However, in order for Elop to come on board I think MS would have to purchase Nokia. (which may not be something that Finland would like) Taking Elop and leaving Nokia to be guided by someone else could be too risky.
I'm also not opposed to bringing back Sinofsky. He is a real visionary.
Sinofsky was let go because he didn't exactly play well with others. He wanted to be in control of everything. So when other departments had to work with the Windows department there was often a lot of head butting. Sinofsky wanted it his way, and other department heads may have resisted him because there wasn't much of a give and take.
But if Sinofsky was to head the whole company, then it is all under his vision. We could see integration between everything because he'd dictate how it would happen. It wouldn't be about one department trying to gain more power than another by resisting. Instead, they'd all work off of his blueprint.
- 08-26-2013, 11:24 PM #7
I agree with Laura that an outsider is preferable to an insider, but I'm not sure if it is correct to consider Stephen Elop a long time Microsoft employee. If my memory serves me correctly, he worked at MS for no more than three years. IMHO that puts him in an interesting position. He worked directly under Ballmer, and did so just long enough to understand the ropes, but not long enough to think everything must be the way it's always been, not to mention that he's been on the outside looking in for the past few years, where he certainly has had enough opportunity to figure out what Microsoft should be doing differently in regard to mobile.
- 08-26-2013, 11:33 PM #8
Here's another scenario: would Microsoft consider scaling back in the mobile market? Over the years their bread & butter has been Windows & productivity software. So far their mobile OS's have not taken off. It's currently a very tough market to break in to, and maybe they'd be better off putting their resources towards Windows, Office, and cloud services. But then, the future is mobile, and they probably have to at least have a foot in the door in order to survive down the road.
- 08-26-2013, 11:55 PM #9
As you said, mobile is the future.
MS has deep enough pockets to weather the storm.
The original XBOX didn't do all that well, but they kept with it. I expect something similar to happen with Windows Phone... and yes, even Windows RT.
Heck, it even happened with Microsoft Office. When MS Word came out, the industry was dominated by Novell and Lotus. Lotus was huge in Enterprise, and Lotus 1-2-3 was THE spreadsheet to use if you did any type of office work.
But MS just iterates until they win. They make improvements little by little. But they don't stop. They just keep improving and improving and improving.
- 08-27-2013, 07:30 PM #12
I can appreciate what Ballmer's done for the Microsoft but seems like the next person really needs to be a visionary to push, push, push. Elop really seems like whatever gear you're in is too slow and if you want to keep up with him then you'd better eat your Wheaties. Would love to see someone with that push because it's going to be needed to get WP over the hump. Once that happens MS has all of the tools to create a great ecosystem that Apple, Google, Linux, whomever will envy.
- 08-27-2013, 08:05 PM #14
I agree with Laura, an outsider would be preferable but given that Bill Gates is still calling the shots from "the press booth", Microsoft needs a strong leader with experience in both mobile devices as well as mainstream computing. Therefore, I nominate Leo Apotheker.
- 08-27-2013, 09:19 PM #15
Apotheker's first actions would be to sell off the Xbox division and cancel WP development. He's more the IBM/SAP type of person. He'd prefer to sell just high margin services, rather than carry Ballmers' "devices and services" strategy forward, not to mention that he has no interest in the "mundane and cheap" world of consumer computing.
During Apotheker's tenure at HP the stock dropped about 40%. It dropped nearly 25% on 19 August 2011, after HP announced a number of seemingly abrupt strategic decisions: to discontinue its webOS device business (mobile phones and tablet computers), to begin planning to divest its personal computer division, and to acquire British software firm Autonomy for a significant premium. Over the months following Apotheker's departure, HP eventually spun-off the remaining webOS assets into a new subsidiary, Gram; backtracked on any plans to spin-off its personal computer division; and wrote-down almost $9 billion related to the Autonomy acquisition, which it indicated was due to a lack of due diligence during the acquisition process under Apotheker.
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- 08-27-2013, 11:06 PM #16
I'd kind of rather have someone that's sort of an insider. Someone that believes in the long term goal, but maybe has better ideas about how to get there.
Mainly, I want someone that believes strongly in the potential of...
Azure - give Amazon a run for its money
XBOX Music/Videos - I'd like to see a Netflix type service from them. But kind of like Netflix on steroids, where there is the option to also watch newer movies for an additional fee. But if you're a subscriber, that fee is cheaper than the regular rental price.
Windows Phone/Windows RT - I'd like to see the difference between these two start to blur. Where it's just mainly the interface that is different due to the size available, but the backend is mostly the same. I'd also love to have some of the swipes from the sides, like the charms bar.
I also want to see the lines blurred in general when using apps. Get a lot of instances of "one app for all MS platforms", and they all share information.
08-29-2013, 01:25 AM #21
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I think an insider will be better. And I would love to see Bill Gates back. Ballmer may have not been the right CEO considering the how the press view him. But his emphasis on developers it what I liked about him. I'm not talking that he was raging on scene about developers. I talk about his programs to bring developers on to the windows ecosystem. The stuff he did for students, the old dream build play contests for xbox 360 xna. If you recall Bill Gates was doing pretty much the same with storm the gates contests. Which was great. Many would argue with me but I found MS libraries and platforms to have very good architecture and to be well documented.
MS is what it is today because they didn't just made final products. They made some products and allowed you to improve them with plugins. You can code for office, you can code with bing services(through azure you can use the Bing ocr and all other services) and basically on their ecosystem you can most of the time do what MS does(exception maybe is the windows phone where you have some areas out of your control: SMS, phone calls, settings for security reasons). An outsider may transform MS in something more like Apple with emphasis on final product(devices) and services like in google case with less space for independent software vendors to exist in the ecosystem just to make investors happy and to drive tocks pries up.
So in the end I want a CEO that will allow Azure to get big and who won't kill DCOM or other so considered ancient software stacks just because of the pressure. Someone who won't bow and transform IE from an alternative standard browser in the market to another webkit browser just to please the tech press.
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