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The INQUIRER'S top 10 CEO fiascos of 2010

Jan 03, 2011, 17:37 (0 Talkback[s])

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"1. Ballmer has plenty of cash to splash: When you are the world's most dominant software company and you have oodles of cash, you might think that wanting to win in the two shiny growth segments of consumer electronics might be a good idea. Not for Microsoft's Steve Ballmer. While the company has at long last revealed sales figures for its Windows Phone 7 handsets, the firm cancelled its two big pushes into the worlds of smartphones and tablets earlier this year.

"Cancelling the dual-screen Courier tablet in April after months of speculation, the blog posting that officially announced its end also mentioned Kin phones as part of Microsoft's bright future. Alas, that product did not last too long either. In late June, early July, two months after that Courier blog post, Microsoft also cancelled its Kin phones. Not many companies have the resources to entirely screw up attempts to enter two markets and then try again less than a year later.

"Now we know that Microsoft is claiming that it has sold 1.5 million WP7 handsets but there is still no sign of a tablet. During his lecture at the London School of Economics, Ballmer said that he expected slates with Windows on them to appear at Christmas. Oh well Steve, nice prediction but Christmas is two days away and we're not seeing any Windows tablets. Better luck next year."

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