Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Is Steve Ballmer Still Casting a Big Shadow at Microsoft?

As we slowly come nearer Spring in the frozen Midwest, I like to look for shoots of hope.  Satya Nadella's appointment as the new Microsoft CEO is one of those shoots in the corporate technology world.
However, today's announcement that a politician/lobbyist and former senior adviser to Steve Ballmer is in charge of Microsoft's strategy function seems very inconsistent with what's been said before about Microsoft's retaking its mantle as a technology leader. Maybe Steve Ballmer is still, like Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, casting a big shadow. Can someone can explain the logic of this appointment to me?

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