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Microsoft’s Latest Acquisition July 19, 2006

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Bill Gates is leaving Microsoft June 16, 2006

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Nopes it is not hoax or rumour. It is true.

Microsoft Corp. today announced that effective July 2008 Bill Gates, chairman, will transition out of a day-to-day role in the company to spend more time on his global health and education work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The company announced a two-year transition process to ensure that there is a smooth and orderly transfer of Gates’ daily responsibilities, and said that after July 2008 Gates would continue to serve as the company’s chairman and an advisor on key development projects.

Chief Technical Officer Ray Ozzie will immediately assume the title of chief software architect and begin working side by side with Gates on all technical architecture and product oversight responsibilities, to ensure a smooth transition. Similarly, Chief Technical Officer Craig Mundie will immediately take the new title of chief research and strategy officer and will work closely with Gates to assume his responsibility for the company’s research and incubation efforts; Mundie also will partner with general counsel Brad Smith to guide Microsoft’s intellectual property and technology policy efforts.glance.JPG

“Our business and technical leadership has never been stronger, and Microsoft is well-positioned for success in the years ahead. I feel very fortunate to have such great technical leaders like Ray and Craig at the company,” Gates said. “I remain fully committed and full time at Microsoft through June 2008 and will be working side by side with Ray and Craig to ensure that a smooth transition occurs.”

“This was a hard decision for me,” Gates added. “I’m very lucky to have two passions that I feel are so important and so challenging. As I prepare for this change, I firmly believe the road ahead for Microsoft is as bright as ever.

Oh boy it will take some days for the news to sink. It will take, I don't know, maybe a lot more time to think of Microsoft without Bill Gates.

Microsoft: Startup zone June 2, 2006

Posted by rajAT in apple, bill gates, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, google, microsoft, startup, technology.
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WSJ reports that Microsoft is looking to work with startups. Microsoft has a team dedicated for it and is know as Microsoft Emgerging Business Team.

Microsoft has marked the categories in which they will like to partnership with the startups .

  • Business Intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Consumer
  • Healthcare
  • Infrastructure
  • Integration
  • Mobility
  • Line of Business Applications
  • Security

They have quite an array of companies working for them. I can only recognize – Newsgator, Akimbo, Sling Media, MobiTV.

Don Dodge heads the Collaboration portfolio. The Collaboration portfolio covers applications that work with Outlook, Office, Sharepoint, Messenger, Live Communications Server, and Exchange. Applications in this space include email add-on tools, document management, content management, file sharing, and other collaboration tools.

He gives reasons for why Microsoft is interested in working with startups –

  1. Partner products that compliment existing Microsoft products by adding features, filling holes, and leveraging the Microsoft platforms.
  2. Innovative partner products that take advantage of the latest Microsoft technology encourage our customers to upgrade to the latest release.
  3. Successful start-ups draw attention to the benefits of building on the Microsoft platform, and the value of partnering with Microsoft.
  4. Small start-ups often grow into big companies that need lots of software.
  5. Working with start-ups keeps us close to the cutting edge of technology. A good barometer for what is coming in the next 5 years.
  6. Start-ups are the best source for new partners, and sometimes lead to acquisitions.

WOW. Microsoft is treating startup as SME where they want to sell them their software or it is like catch them young. They can not attract true startups with this approach. By true startups I mean where a bunch of students are thinking to do the next big thing. They don't have a business plan or ivy league management team but just few ideas.

Now how can they catch such young entrepreneurs. Well for that first and foremost they have to come up with bigger goals and not short ones where they want to push their software to them.

They should sit with student entreprenuers and try to help them in arranging things for them. Any such venture lacks three things – Capital, Advice, Network. Help them in sorting these things out.

Microsoft has missed lots of things in technology, if they don't want to miss the next google they will think on these lines.
After all microsoft was also started by students and so was google, apple. And the next Katrina will also come from there.

Bill falls for iPod June 1, 2006

Posted by rajAT in apple, bill gates, ipod, microsoft, steve jobs, technology.
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Wall Street Journal reports that Microsoft is planning to compete with Apple by launching iPod. Bill revealed it while giving interview at Journal D: All things digital.

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Mr. Gates was coy when asked about rumors that Microsoft’s Xbox group was developing its own portable digital music player to compete with Apple’s blockbuster iPod. “There is such a rumor,” Mr. Gates acknowledged, declining to elaborate.

The trend is nothing new for Microsoft as they always have been followers. But I just hope that they will be able to ship it on schedule, unlike Vista. 🙂

This is a very me-to strategy from Microsoft and we all here expect something more from the software giant. I hope they have done their homework properly before jumping into this arena. The popular thought says something else. The portable music industry is definitely shifting towards converged device – Portable Multimedia Systems a.k.a. Mobile phones. In this year, the sale of walkman mobile phones have dwarfed the sale of iPods. Does n't that indicate that portable mp3 players either need a fresh thinking or Steve Jobs but definitely not Bill Gates. 🙂

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You are never too old for an ipod, Bill.