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BLOG: Bye-bye Ballmer, hello open source? Microsoft's upcoming options

Simon Phipps | Sept. 2, 2013
Despite early 'cancer' slur, Steve Ballmer has been investing in open source. Could his departure open doors at Microsoft?

Time for a revolution?
The potential is there. With the right choice of CEO and with all the dyed-in-the-wool naysayers out of the company, Microsoft's many open source experts — both technical and business — could radically transform the company. Despite his famous Monkey Boy performance, Ballmer systematically alienated the developer category that now controls enterprise software development. As Matt Asay pointed out:

Instead of tapping into the rising developer class, Ballmer has spent the past 13 years living within this insular cocoon of CIO feedback and healthy profit margins.

New leadership could target open source technologies, as well as the developers who create and deploy them. Will it happen? Not if the purported short list is right. But with the right choice, this could be the moment for Microsoft to break out of the trap its past success created and finally embrace open source in a way that wins in the market. You heard it here first.


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