Wither goest Microsoft?

C|NET summarizes this week’s meeting between Microsoft and a series of financial analysts in a series of articles listed here. The impression I get is that Microsoft is starting to recognize that they are a large industry, and not a small, scrapy software developer, and trying to act grown up. This quote illustrates:

CEO Steve Ballmer will delegate much of the software giant’s day-to-day financial operations to seven executives who will serve as chief financial officers…

So, the beancounters are left in charge. What ever happened to the visionary leaders? I suspect they’ve all cashed out.

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