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Microsoft CFO Quits 295

Posted by timothy
from the extended-family-is-a-new-twist-on-the-old-lie dept.
McGruber writes "NBC News is reporting that Microsoft's Chief Financial Officer Peter Klein is leaving the company to spend time with his extended family, as Microsoft 'struggles with sharply declining personal computer sales and a lukewarm reception for its new Windows 8 operating system.' Klein is the latest in a line of top-level executives to leave the company, following Windows head Steven Sinofsky last November."
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Microsoft CFO Quits

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  • Re:Come on CEO... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 22, 2013 @05:12AM (#43513851)

    Yep, Balmer is definitely the problem.

  • by mobby_6kl (668092) on Monday April 22, 2013 @05:16AM (#43513857)

    Ah, yes, Microsoft is in deep shit now [arstechnica.com], what with the record revenue and what not. No wonder the CFO ran away. 2013 is going to be the year of Linux on the desktop, all hail RMS!

  • by bloodhawk (813939) on Monday April 22, 2013 @05:20AM (#43513875)

    Ah, yes, Microsoft is in deep shit now [arstechnica.com], what with the record revenue and what not. No wonder the CFO ran away. 2013 is going to be the year of Linux on the desktop, all hail RMS!

    And you expected something different here? Microsoft's latest numbers are actually astoundingly good, better than even most of the optimists predicted. They speak of a very healthy company, not one in decline at all.

  • Re:Shares up? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 22, 2013 @05:34AM (#43513901)

    Shares went up due to better-than-expected quarterly reports. Especially in non-Windows areas, which still resulted in significant revenue and profit improvements.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday April 22, 2013 @06:17AM (#43514023)

    if windows xp wasn't EOL in less than a year.. windows revenue would still be trending down.

    fact: windows xp is being EOL because a stable consistent and popular operating system does not help profits long term... NOT because it's difficult to maintain even after 10+ years.

  • Re:Come on CEO... (Score:5, Informative)

    by rudy_wayne (414635) on Monday April 22, 2013 @07:57AM (#43514365)

    Yep, Balmer is definitely the problem.

    Ever wonder how Steve Ballmer keeps his job. Well, here it is:

    Bill Gates is Chairman of Microsoft's Board of Directors and Microsoft's largest stockholder

    Steve Ballmer was best man at Bill Gates' wedding.

  • by oh_my_080980980 (773867) on Monday April 22, 2013 @09:22AM (#43514807)
    Really:

    "Q3 2013: the company is reporting $20.49 billion in revenue, lower than what it saw during the holidays, and an equally soft $6.06 billion in profit that dipped below both the previous quarter and the same period last year." http://www.engadget.com/2013/04/18/microsoft-posts-q3-2013-earnings/ [engadget.com]

    Keep smoking that microsoft crack...
  • by dingen (958134) on Monday April 22, 2013 @09:37AM (#43514895)

    So, XP level security and no UAC and no sandboxing in IE and other windows level engineering changes were not needed.

    That's exactly what I'm saying. Sandboxing could have been implemented in XP, just as Chrome does in XP. UAC doesn't provide any real level of security, it's just a pop-up box which everybody answers with "OK". It's exactly these types of superficial changes, marketed as major improvements that show that Microsoft really doesn't know what features to add to Windows anymore.

    How about I just say you seem to have no idea about what you are talking about. And you _deserve_the modding down.

    It's a free country, say whatever you like. But the numbers don't lie: *a lot* of people are perfectly happy sticking to XP because later editions simply have no real added value for them. More people are using XP today than Vista ever had at its peak. Windows 7 only has a lot of users because 8 GB of RAM became the norm and XP can't handle that properly, but still I think most people that are using Windows 7 are using it because they either wanted to get rid off Vista or because it came with their PC when they bought it. There is a cycle going on of making a version with serious flaws so they can fix it in the next version and use that artificial mechanism to boost sales. But Microsoft will have a tougher time convincing people to upgrade with every new version of Windows, because their software is simply done as it is and nothing of real value is to be added anymore.

  • Re:Come on CEO... (Score:4, Informative)

    by nojayuk (567177) on Monday April 22, 2013 @02:47PM (#43517745)

    In 2002 MicroSoft's gross profits were $24 billion. In 2012 they were $59 billion. Someone somewhere is doing something right.

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