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Would Microsoft have been better off if DOJ broke Microsoft into pieces

June 8th, 2009 · No Comments

I continued to receive feedback from laid-off Microsoft employees after I published Microsoft Laid-off Employees spoke up! — Layoff Satisfaction Survey Results – Microsoft and Microsoft second round layoff satisfaction survey results.

Here is a few thoughtful comments that caught my attention:

  • "Microsoft should have let the DOJ break the company in pieces years ago. It would have revitalized senior managers. At this point it will take a radical change in replacing senior managers with leaders; then doing a thoughtful cull of middle management."
  • "MS has become too politically and partial to people who are good / honest / integrity / loyal etc. It needs to look within and have a major overhauling of people and Management.
  • “This is not MS I saw during Bill Gates time which had honesty, Integrity, respect & trust of one another. It was a class apart and there was a feeling of pride which does not exist today.”

Would Microsoft have been better off if Department of Justice broke it into pieces? I can see several advantages:

  1. I feel that Microsoft could have done a better job, and get to a more dominant position if they could be more focused in the enterprise business. Enterprise software business is a cash cow. Microsoft had acquired Great Plain for the middle-tier enterprise software market. But, I think they could do better against big players in the enterprise software space such as Oracle, SAP, etc. Let’s say Microsoft spin off enterprise software related business units into a separate company, it could potentially be more focused and more aggressive in attacking the enterprise software market.
  2. There would be less subsidies for under-performing, money-losing business units such as MSN.
  3. There would be multiple CEOs. Who knows – someone might do a better job than Steve has done.

What do you think? Would Microsoft have been better off if DOJ broke Microsoft into pieces?

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