Steve Ballmer's Se7en priorities for 2009
What was on Steve Ballmer's New Year's resolution list for 2009? ZDNet's Mary-Jo Foley got a peek. Windows 7, netbooks, servers, enterprise, entertainment, it's all there.
As far as Windows Mobile, here's what we've got:
Again, no Zune phone. Foley also was kind enough to dig up what Ballmer predicted for 2007 and 2008. Click through to the jump to find out what those predictions were.
Here's what Foley had to say on Ballmer's predictions the past two years:
Ballmer on Windows Mobile for 2008
Hmmmmm. ... Windows Mobile definitely got better in 2008, with the release of Windows Mobile 6.1. But "more compelling?" Not so sure. Zune and Surface also are nary to be found in Windows Mobile.
Ballmer on Windows Mobile for 2007? Much more brief. WinMo was No. 9 on a nine-point list "of the nine "opportunities" where he believes Microsoft can sustain a half billion or more in new margin growth over the next three years." That growth certainly is still happening. But is it happening enough? And will it be sustainable in 2009?
What say you guys?
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i say hurry up!
I say focus on one thing and do it well. Microsoft makes substandard products in many different areas and uses their Windows cash to always buy late entry into a market. Are they an applications company? Are they a consumer electronics company? Are they a business software company? Are they "advertising, advertising, advertising?" I think they are jack of all trades, master of none. Microsoft would be better as four or five companies, each with its own focus and core competency. Not because the government says so, but because the market demands it. They are akin to the UK following WWI, with a huge empire spanning the globe, but that is overstretched and growing tired. How much better would Australia or India have been in 1918 if they could have run their own countries based on their own needs? How much better would Windows be if it didn't have to fight for resources with Zune or servers? Mister Softy share holder value would increase, revenues would grow, innovation would be added back into the process and the consumer would benefit.