Kempin biting the hand that used to feed him? He was Microsoft's "enforcer" when Microsoft really called all the shots to PC manufacturers and about the last former Microsoftie I would have thought would have turned on MSFT.
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- In the article --> s/ax to grind/axe to grind/Jan 22, 2013
- I find myself agreeing with Allan here. I might despise Ballmer, even to the point of outright calling him Unhinged and Mentally Unstable... but I absolutely loathe Kempin. The only note Kempin could write that I would be interested in would be a full confession of crimes to the US. F.B.I.
Scott: From an outside viewpoint Ballmer has been very successful at laying the blame for Microsoft's shortcomings on many of his former subordinates. Quite simply, the man has a reputation for throwing executives under a Steamroller that is equaled by his reputation for throwing chairs.
Now, if I were the betting type, I might lay odds that there could be some blackmail or extortion involved against some of the shareholders, but that would be silly. It... would be silly... right?
Regardless, the chances of a shareholder revolt leading to Ballmer's ejection has fallen drastically in the past year. Shareholders smart enough to stage a revolt tried the Windows 8 Release Candidates and promptly got their money out of Microsoft before the losses really sunk in.
Shareholders who looked at the Windows 8 release candidates, thought to themselves that it was a product they could stay invested in, are not smart enough to stage a revolt.
The result is that the forward outlook is Ballmer keeping the CEO chair, and killing the Microsoft company.Jan 22, 2013
- Pretty much anyone who had to deal with Kempin disliked the man.Jan 22, 2013
- Mary Jo and I speculate that his NDA finally came to an end. That said, Ballmer really is taking a public beating at the moment. Mind you, it couldn't happen to a more deserving tech. CEO.*
*Excepting, as always, Larry Ellison who is in a class by himself.Jan 22, 2013
- Je Saist+1No, there is somebody in the class with Larry. Stephen Elop.Jan 22, 2013
- Nah, Elop's just a MSFT lieutenant in charge of their ex officio Nokia division. But, that's a story for another day.Jan 22, 2013