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    Default Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    A report by BizJournals claims that ValueAct, a $2 billion Microsoft investor with a 1% stake in the company, is seeking to achieve some major changes at Microsoft. Analyst Rick Sherlund claims that big changes are going to take place very soon as other shareholders support the decision to get rid of Steve Ballmer in addition to the investment group ValueAct. According to the report ValueAct are seeking to replace Steve Ballmer because his strategy “inspires little confidence”.

    Apparently Microsoft has no choice but to give ValueAct a board seat otherwise they might launch a “public war” on Steve Ballmer and Microsoft that could end with serious turmoil at the company.

    “A decision by the board at Microsoft to offer a nomination for a board seat could keep the activist agenda behind closed doors and take longer for shareholders to see potential benefits”

    Furthermore it is believed they might target the Xbox division and try and get rid of it altogether. This would allow Microsoft to focus on other products and mainly Windows.

    Xbox is cool, but by our estimates Microsoft has not made money at this
    http://www.eteknix.com/microsoft-inv...xbox-division/

    1% in a company like Microsoft is quite a lot. They could be top 10 or top 20 biggest holders. That's enough to also get other majority share holders to entertain the idea..

    And isnt Ballmer leaving in a few months? Things just got real!

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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Balmer has been a burr in Microsoft's saddle for years.
    A whole new approach to listening to customer feedback is in order too.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    Balmer has been a burr in Microsoft's saddle for years.
    A whole new approach to listening to customer feedback is in order too.
    my only feedback would be how about you guy make an os that is good works great doesnt come with ie works with all kinds of programs is meant for a desktop and isnt ugly

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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Quote Originally Posted by fscrivy View Post
    my only feedback would be how about you guy make an os that is good works great doesnt come with ie works with all kinds of programs is meant for a desktop and isnt ugly
    Well there's Ubuntu, Linux, etc... And whats wrong with Windows 7?

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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Ballmer wanted to make Windows 9 into a subscription OS at 99.99 a year. This would include all Office products and other services. I guess the board didnt like the idea.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Good thing he will be retired within 12 months then.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Sell Xbox? Why, because the stock dropped? Oh God, the stockholders lost millions, ****. I feel so bad for them.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Im sure this is the reason Balmer is leaving. This story just happen to come out after the annoucement. I am surprised this threat did not happen sooner. Bill Gates was the only one able to buy time for Balmer because of his huge holdings in MS. That stuff will only work for so long. Once an investment company makes the decsision to make changes at a company it is only a matter of time before they amass enough shares to pull tricks like this. Think Icann and yahoo.
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    Default Re: Microsoft Investor: Fire Ballmer And Sell Xbox

    Quote Originally Posted by MattyMatt View Post
    Sell Xbox? Why, because the stock dropped? Oh God, the stockholders lost millions, ****. I feel so bad for them.

    Because the hardware side of Xbox has only turned a profit during one quarter in its entire existence. MS makes money off game sells and all the extras. R&D for consoles is also very costly and take years to complete. Then turn around and never make one dime on hardware sells is hard for investors to swallow.
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