The "good" ship Microsoft.  Personally I can't see Cpt Ballmer being the man to go down with it.Once upon a time there was a company called Microsoft…..

Yes readers, its story time again, although this time I don’t think there is a way Microsoft can tell its story any better (and to see the alleged quote by Bill Veghte on Vista’s problems and Microsoft stories see https://openbytes.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/bought-windows-7-windows-8-on-way-dubious-twitter-users/)

Before we go into the article it is worth mentioning that Boycott Novell reported the 800 job cuts way before the news hit the mainstream media.  Detractors to the BN website may like to consider that fact. http://boycottnovell.com/wiki/index.php/Main_Page

As the US is officially out of the recession (with the UK lagging slightly) more job losses are announced from Redmond, 800 (allegedly) of them, with the cuts apparently coming in the sales and marketing sections.  Could this be a reason why we saw this? – is Microsoft getting so hard up that it generates Twitter accounts to do its bidding? (and very badly I hasten to add)

The Guardian.co.uk has a take on the news of the cuts where it says in their article:

Microsoft is cutting another 800 jobs worldwide as it attempts to cope with falling demand for its products, the company announced today.

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/nov/04/microsoft-job-cuts

Falling demand for its products?  Did we ever think we’d see the day?

Of course Microsoft put their own take on this and other news by Kevin Turner allegedly saying:

We are pleased by the early positive response we are receiving for these products

To which I would say, steady there Kev.  Remember Mr Ballmer saying that Vista went wrong because of listening to early feedback?  You don’t want another Vista on your hands that takes 3 years to sort of apologise for do you?

The cuts are mostly in sales and marketing, and less in research and development, but they have cut some products.

Which cant be good news for many of the convenient MS faithful that pop up to defend and spread FUD regarding alternatives to MS?

These are interesting times and the company who tries to be everything for everybody (IMO) is finding that fighting that war on more than one battlefront is near on impossible.   When you look at the interest generated by a Google OS, Google Wave and the plethora of social networking/innovative ideas on the net that do not come from Redmond, one has to wonder how Microsoft will look in another year.  The growth of Linux/alternative usage in the last year cannot be disputed (whatever figure you want to put on it)

Lets hope Ballmer and crew can “get their story out” in the way they want to.  I get the feeling this is one fairy tell of Redmond’s which won’t have a happy ending.

NOTE: Picture from BoycottNovell and kind permission of Roy Schestowitz.

Goblin – bytes4free@googlemail.com