On August 6, 2010, I asked the readers of the TechRepublic Microsoft Windows Blog this poll question:
Over 4,000 respondents took the time to answer the poll, which makes it one of the more participated in polls we have run in this blog. The consensus is that Mr. Ballmer is not doing enough to keep Microsoft on top in the information technology universe. I cannot disagree.
Now, that is not to say he has done a terrible job, at least from a purely shareholder perspective. Microsoft is generating a ton of revenue, maintaining a healthy market share, and returning a substantial dividend. However, those of us living and breathing technology and innovation and all that entails are wondering how much longer Microsoft can rest on its laurels.
What do you think? Should Microsoft spend more on research and development? Should the company strive to be a change leader or should it be content with market staples like Windows and Office? Who would you suggest Microsoft call on for a more focused source of innovation?
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Mark W. Kaelin has been writing and editing stories about the IT industry, gadgets, finance, accounting, and tech-life for more than 25 years. Most recently, he has been a regular contributor to BreakingModern.com, aNewDomain.net, and TechRepublic.