This essay is not really about Microsoft. I don’t know what Microsoft should do. Neither do you, reader. You think you know more about Microsoft than Steve Ballmer? Bill Gates? The Microsoft engineer living next door? Maybe. Probably not.
Important people commented on the imminent departure of Microsoft CEO Ballmer in USA Today’s Opinionline section. More than the substance of those opinions, which are hardly backed by unequivocal evidence, it is interesting to look at who said what.
The tech community is torn between Microsoft friends and Microsoft enemies-for-life (typically Linux fanatics). Tech Crunch writer Alex Wilhelm sees Ballmer as a good CEO who is exiting at his best. ZDNet writer Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, a staunch Linux worshiper, has criticized Microsoft for years and naturally regards Ballmer as a flop. Both make cases based on technology, personal preferences, and anecdotal evidence. Of course none of those are the perspective that matters. …Read More →