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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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We have to wait 11 years for the tell-all? I like history and all but kind of weird timing.
 
I find myself wondering how Balmer has managed to hold on for so long. It's astonishing to me that I'd look back and see Bill Gates in such a favorable light by comparison.
 
Kempin is one of the most reviled people in the business, given his creativity in roasting OEMs and integrators over the coals.  Despite my tendency to dismiss Ballmer, anyway, I'm still not inclined to listen to anything Kempin has to say now.
 
In the article --> s/ax to grind/axe to grind/
 
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. 
 
+Stephen Shankland 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. 
 
No, there is somebody in the class with Larry. Stephen Elop. 
 
+Je Saist Nah, Elop's just a MSFT lieutenant in charge of their ex officio Nokia division. But, that's a story for another day. 
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