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Old 05/26/2010, 01:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, all.

I just came across this little bit of info. Apparently, HP buying PALM and deciding to put webOS on handhelds, slates and printers, caused a major loss in business for Microsoft.

Hence, they fired Robbie Bach and are shaking up the departments, he was over.

The article I am postings claims, "No, the reason I believe [Robbie] Bach lost his head is that HP bought Palm.

Lets face it, Microsoft has a matured product line and try as it's might, it really has not been able to come out with very successful lines, outside of operating systems. Zune, X box, trackballs and mouse, etc., never really took off. For that matter, it's on going investment in MSNBC is not much of a money maker.

MS thought Win 7 on slates, would be a big market for it. Now they lost one of their key two players. They truly thought HP & Dell would lead the way for them.

This all bodes well for all of us who use and enjoy the webOS system!

Ironically, just a few weeks ago, the pundits were saying Palm & webOS were dead, now it looks as if win 7 on slates is dead. I would think this is also not good for win 7 new cell software.

Take care, Jay


"The Real Reason Microsoft's Robbie Bach Was Fired"
Henry Blodget | May 26, 2010, 5:14 AM

"The Real Reason Microsoft's Robbie Bach Was Fired"

An interesting take on the Microsoft shakeup from Horace Dediu at mobile consulting firm Asymco:

Vague justifications about under-performance of Windows Mobile or cancelled Courier miss the whole point. The chronic problems with Microsoft’s consumer businesses cited as causes for dismissal have roots in core processes and priorities which management changes will not address. The failure of Zune was evident long ago. Windows Mobile has not been competitive with RIM for years, and failed to take significant share from Symbian, never mind iPhone. Tablets were the responsibility of the Windows team. Kin is a rogue project based on a bone-headed acquisition. From a P/L point of view, Entertainment was mostly Xbox, which although deep in the hole over its lifetime, was starting to break even.

No, the reason I believe [Robbie] Bach lost his head is that HP bought Palm.

Bach lost a key account; in fact, he could be responsible for having lost the biggest account that Microsoft ever had. Ballmer is a sales guy and he knows the importance of these relationships. A customer like HP must be managed carefully and their strategy must be steered to fit with yours. If HP felt they needed to go somewhere else for their mobile OS, it’s a slap in the face, but if they buy the asset and IP and internalize a competing platform, then that is a dagger to the heart for Ballmer.

The full article is posted on the following site:

The reason Robbie Bach was fired


The reason Robbie Bach was fired | Asymco

Vague justifications about under-performance of Windows Mobile or cancelled Courier miss the whole point. The chronic problems with Microsoft’s consumer businesses cited as causes for dismissal have roots in core processes and priorities which management changes will not address. The failure of Zune was evident long ago. Windows Mobile has not been competitive with RIM for years, and failed to take significant share from Symbian, never mind iPhone. Tablets were the responsibility of the Windows team. Kin is a rogue project based on a bone-headed acquisition. From a P/L point of view, Entertainment was mostly Xbox, which although deep in the hole over its lifetime, was starting to break even.

No, the reason I believe Bach lost his head is that HP bought Palm.

Bach lost a key account; in fact, he could be responsible for having lost the biggest account that Microsoft ever had. Ballmer is a sales guy and he knows the importance of these relationships. A customer like HP must be managed carefully and their strategy must be steered to fit with yours. If HP felt they needed to go somewhere else for their mobile OS, it’s a slap in the face, but if they buy the asset and IP and internalize a competing platform, then that is a dagger to the heart for Ballmer.

Consider Google’s seduction of Dell. Microsoft can tolerate Dell’s affairs (Dell even fooled around with Linux back in the day.) But in contrast, HP is effectively filing for divorce.

The blow could not have been more obvious and more cruel.
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Old 05/26/2010, 01:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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LOL...lot analyst were talking about HP/PALM for a long time....If MS was living under the rock and didnt see it then i can understand but this wasn't the case....i guess they should have acquired Palm...(playing devils advocate)
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