“We didn’t miss out on mobile phones, but the means that we went about it didn’t allow us to obtain the management. It’s plainly an error,” Gates, Microsoft’s former CEO, stated in a rare interview with CBS.
Gates hedged concerns on whether he was delighted with President Steve Ballmer’s performance. He stated Ballmer had achieved a lot however that both he and Ballmer were not pleased.
“(Ballmer) and I are two of the most self-critical individuals I understand,” Gates said.
“There are a lot of fantastic things that Steve’s management achieved – Windows 8, the Surface computer, Bing, Xbox. Is it enough? No. He and I are not satisfied that in regards to advancement things we are doing everything possible.”
Ballmer took control of as Microsoft’s CEO in February 2000. The company’s shares have dropped 45 percent ever since.
A previous senior Microsoft exec, Joachim Kempin, stated in a publication he discussed his time at the company that Ballmer was not the right leader for the world’s biggest software application business however held his grip on it by methodically dislodging any rising supervisor who challenged his authority.
His objection echoes that of investor David Einhorn of Greenlight Capital, who asked for Ballmer to step down in 2011.
Microsoft has actually dealt with objection for its most recent Windows 8 variations for various devices, while its Bing search engine has actually succeeded only a small market share.
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