Monday, 11 November 2013

New Microsoft CEO..

Various sources are reporting that 2 potential candidates for the CEO position are considering shutting down Bing and and the XBox divisions.

I realize they are both currently loss making, but long term they will huge profit centres.

Any potential CEO whose only looking at boosting numbers short-term should only be considered short-term.

Microsoft need a engineer in the CEO role, someone who understands technology and can see where things are headed. The One Microsoft strategy has barely begun (a few years late) and already CEO candidates are looking to undermine it rather than bring the various divisions into a 'the sum is greater than the parts' enviroment.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Microsoft Re-orginization

A few days ago I wrote about how I felt Microsoft was fumbling product launches.

Well it seems things might change. All things D has a story about internal restructuring happening at Microsoft. It seems CEO Steve Ballmer has been making significant plans to reorganise the company.

Rumors are that four divisions comprising: enterprise business, hardware, applications & services, and operating systems would be the cornerstone of the new restructuring effort.

If such a restructuring were to take place it would be a huge internal change. A more streamlined Microsoft would certainly help Microsoft overcome (mis?)-perceived issues with the company.

With all the hype, media attention and high expectations associated with new product launches it must still be remembered that Microsoft does make good products. However they should be making great products.

Part of the issue (and speaking as an outsider this is purely conjecture) is that there are too many layers to management. Rumors of internal conflicts between divisions often surface. Competition between divisions can be a good thing, inspiring teams to out-do each other, but when competition becomes conflict, through politics or personality conflicts, it becomes destructive and diminishes from the effort to make great products.

Hopefully internal restructuring will go some way reducing internal conflicts, allowing the divisions to build great products and services, only time will tell.

PS4, FreeBSD Orbis OS

A few months ago I wrote about the PS4 possibly being based on Linux and being Steam-box compatible. However much I wished this to be the case it seems that I was correct in suggesting the PS4 OS would be based on FreeBSD (similarly to the PS3).

Well the folks over at vgleaks have obtained more information, and it seems that Orbis OS is a modified version of FreeBSD 9.0

The next obvious question is given the lack of AMD graphics support on BSD will any of the drivers (or parts of drivers) be made available to the BSD project?

Sony/AMD is under no obligation to contribute back with the BSD license but doing so would certainly be appreciated by the FreeBSD community.

Given that Sony has done a better job of marketing it's embracing of Indie developers than Microsoft, would a code contribution back to FreeBSD allow more Indie dev's to participate in development on the PS4 using FreeBSD?