Sunday, 9 March 2014

Microsoft's Game of Thrones: how Ballmer and Gates lost favor

Over the course of the last year, the balance of power at Microsoft has drastically changed. Now, Businessweek has chronicled the Game of Thrones-like power struggle which shoved aside the regime of Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates to make way for a new leader. While much of the story has been told before in whispers and rumors, the publication's sources paint a vivid picture of internal strife and corporate backstabbings at the firm, starting with a rift between Gates and Ballmer themselves. Did you know Bill Gates and the Microsoft board originally opposed the Nokia buyout, and that Ballmer exploded in rage? Or that the board then actively sought to replace Ballmer with Ford's Alan Mulally?
As in Game of Thrones, though, it appears...
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