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September 05, 2011

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Ted

Good article Tony. While I am not an apple fan at all (yes I am a PC guy) I also hated to see Jobs go. I think for me it was because I have seen what Gates leaving Microsoft has done to it. I worry about the future of technology. I try to tell myself that there will be other leaders with "Vision" for the future at either of these companys. I have seen a few at Microsoft (see Scott Guthrie for one) but I think the management of Microsoft is taking the company in the wrong direction and they don't seem to have a vision for the long term future like Gates and Jobs did. I could be wrong and hope I am.

Tony Faustino

@Ted, I absolutely agree. Your example of Microsoft's current direction after the Bill Gates departed is spot-on. I think this Wall Street Journal article says it all about Microsoft's current direction -- Disney, Walton, Ford, Gates: Tales of When Legends Leave. Here's the link: http://on.wsj.com/pvkGzN.

Here's a direct quote from the article: "The Gates era was characterized by leadership that reveled in technology, in creating new products that would change the world. In Ballmer's era, I'd argue that it's more of a professional manager focus," said Richard Williams, a senior software analyst for Cross Research.

Thanks again for stopping by and writing your thoughtful comment. Much appreciated!

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