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ZDNet: Ballmer sounds alarm to MS managers

Mar 01, 1999, 18:48 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"If you thought Microsoft's Steve Ballmer was likely to be little more than a rubber-stamp president, think again.

Ballmer is doing a lot more inside Microsoft than pounding tables and penning speeches. In fact, it's Ballmer -- and not CEO Bill Gates -- who is sounding the alarm about what's wrong at the company. And the list of troubles ailing Microsoft may be more serious than even those closest to the company ever thought."

"Besides striving to get back in touch with the company's customers, Ballmer discussed strategies for revitalizing Microsoft's planning, prioritizing, engineering and leadership policies.

The discussion was a wake-up call for Microsoft's managers, who are racing to get new products out the door, and struggling to somehow manage a swelling workforce."

'We're at a very important point for the company's long-term health and viability,' Ballmer told the 50 or so managers in attendance. 'If we don't do the right thing, we just won't be in a great place three to four years from now.'"

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