I think everyone realizes that Microsoft is not the leader that they were just a decade ago. But what happened. This Vanity Fair article tries to tell us what happened. Some of issues seem to come directly from CEO Steve Balmer’s methods.
The do talk about problems with the policy of rating employees, people no longer able to achieve vast wealth due to stock options and management, including Bill Gates supporting Windows as a product above all other items.
They site an example of the development of an eBook reader that was years ahead of the iPad, but it was modified to run Windows. Didn’t work.
They even quote Steve Jobs towards the end of the article:
“The company starts valuing the great salesmen, because they’re the ones who can move the needle on revenues, not the product engineers and designers. So the salespeople end up running the company.… [Then] the product guys don’t matter so much, and a lot of them just turn off. It happened at Apple when [John] Sculley came in, which was my fault, and it happened when Ballmer took over at Microsoft. Apple was lucky and it rebounded, but I don’t think anything will change at Microsoft as long as Ballmer is running it.”
It is very interesting to see how the internal workings are at Microsoft.
See the full article here: http://m.vanityfair.com/business/2012/08/microsoft-lost-mojo-steve-ballmer