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Peeve Farm
Breeding peeves for show, not just to keep as pets
Brian Tiemann
Silicon ValleyNew York-based purveyor of a confusing mixture of Apple punditry, political bile, and sports car rentals.

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Sunday, July 4, 2010
07:01 - The software equivalent of selling sugar water
http://minimsft.blogspot.com/2010/05/thoughts-on-wrapping-up-microsofts-fy10.html

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Via JMH, an anonymous Microsoft blogger gives the inside view on the state of the union.

Yes, we need our Neutron Jack at this point. We have our supposedly endangered cash cows and then a lot of products and operations clinging on. Many of which that would never exist in a sane company. Spin-off those groups to live or die on their own, with Microsoft owning appropriate stock such that if their survival instinct kicks in and they flourish, it will be a nice hefty return. You also have to realize that product groups are way overstaffed and just need engineers, in this day and age, that can do it all vs. being silo'd into their coding, testing, or spec'ing narrow band. Specialization is not sustainable. And the Partner system needs to be nuked away: more and more it's leading to bad short-term shiny decisions meant to make Partner. Well, this list goes on. I think our next CEO comes from the outside, because only an outsider at this point can scrub the company clean and ensure that the corporate DNA is rewritten.

And it's written from a May 30 perspective, prior to the Kin being killed off, so it's probably more optimistic-sounding than it even should.

So yeah, there's that sober look at the numbers that states that it's premature to suggest Microsoft is at death's door. But it sure doesn't look like a company a lot of fresh college kids are going to want to jump on board with by default anymore.

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