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Re: Microsoft's future
Bill Gates in deed does not run MS. He is head of the board of directors
and CEO. The Chief Operating Officer is Robert Herbold, Formerly of Proctor
and Gamble. Herbold came on board about 3 years ago and since then the
company moral has steadily dwindled. Herbold made a speach at the 1996
Company meeting where he describes business cost as a fire breathing beast
that was eating up aprofits and encouraged everyone when considering
spending money to ask "How much does that cost?" and "Why does it cost so
On the technial side Gates is directed by Nathan Mhyrvold head of Advanced
Technology Research and by Brad Silverberg head of Internet Products and
Tools. Microsoft is a market driven company. When Netscape shoud them
selves to be a player in teh software field and have overwhelming dominace
in the browser market Microsoft licensed Mosaic and began to re-code it to
their liking. Mosaic you will remember was written By Marc Andriesen and a
team of now Netscape employees while he work for NCSA.
Does BillG run Microsoft? No more than Bill Clinton runs the country. He
does influence the decision making processes and I think he has some input
on product development...he has to otherwise they would've never spent a
ton of money on Bob--you do remember Bob don't you? ;-0
>Date: Thu, 13 Nov 1997 10:27:28 -0500 (EST)
>From: "Bruce G. Allen" <email@example.com>
>To: Multiple recipients of list <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Microsoft's future
> Does Bill G. *actually* run MS?
> How is it that a geeky kid (a type not known for business saavy or
>people-skills) builds one of the largest corporations in history and
>continues to sustain it? It all seems so unlikely.
> Could B.G. be receiving help behind the scenes?
>Nepean (Ottawa) Canada.