No wonder everyone hates Microsoft! Their software is horrible. Their management is predatory. Vista is a complete and utter failure. And they look to screw the customer and make it sound like its a great thing (READ – Windows “Genuine” Advantage).
How can a company SO misguided get anywhere in the IT world. The answer is simple – It can’t. IT CAN’T. In the days when Bill Gates ran the show Microsoft was known for unfair business practices and ruthlessness to get market share, but Bill was smart. Very smart. He ran Microsoft in such a way to blow through the problems and keep Microsoft on top. Steve Ballmer does not share Bill’s smarts. The only thing he shares is a bloated sense of sense entitlement that Microsoft should somehow be number #1 in the market without having to have products that are the best, or customer satisfaction that is top notch.
Now instead of trying to fix the cancer inside Microsoft he is looking to buy Yahoo. Actually, he is looking to force Yahoo to sell. Here is a quote from the top pinhead at Microsoft himself –
“The substantial premium reflected in our initial proposal anticipated a friendly transaction with you. If we are forced to take an offer directly to your shareholders, that action will have an undesirable impact on the value of your company from our perspective which will be reflected in the terms of our proposal.”
Now there is one thing I know about business that is undeniable by any true leader – The success of any business is based entirely on the quality of the people you surround yourself with and employ. Now I’m asking myself? After a statement like the one made above, how many top executives want to stay after a Microsoft merger takes place. Exactly! Not very many. These top people can pick and choose where they work. There will be NO loyalty to a Microsoft owned Yahoo. Yahoo is made up of quality people, not just a bunch of internet traffic. Microsoft just sees internet traffic and dollar signs.
The path Microsoft is choosing showcases what a poor leader Steve Ballmer really is. I get email saying that I’m extremely anti Microsoft. I didn’t used to be. In fact, I wasn’t really upset until AFTER I met with them several times and saw the type of “deals” they were proposing to me. They angered me greatly because the customers concerns were BOTTOM on their list. At one point I was invited to meet with Steve Ballmer to discuss my issues with Microsoft face to face at a conference they were having. I had no interest – I was invited so they could try and convince me to use Microsoft products, not to have my concerns listened to by Steve Ballmer himself! To be honest, I can’t see how anyone can defend Microsoft anymore. The mountain of evidence is so overwhelming that its embarrassing. I love Linux, and my Macs (I have 5 of them).
If/when Microsoft buys Yahoo it’ll be a sad day for the internet. My only consolation is that is opens up a HUGE opportunity for many entrepreneurs to sneak in and eat up all the dissatisfied clients looking for a move from a Redmond controlled internet.
Matt Heaton / President Bluehost.com