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Jon Talton

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January 30, 2015 at 10:31 AM

Vote: Is Microsoft failing (again)?

The honeymoon is over for Microsoft Chief Executive Satya Nadella. Quarterly earnings fell as the company’s traditional bread-and-butter cash machines faltered. Growth in cloud services was not enough to soothe investors, who have been driving share prices down amid a storm of doubt. It would be crass to call it karma.

The hit pieces have begun (again) even though Steve “Lost Decade” Ballmer isn’t there to kick around anymore. Even the sober columnist James B. Stewart of the New York Times used Microsoft as the laggard counterpoint to his piece lauding Apple, which now has twice the market capitalization of the Beast of Redmond:

Like many successful companies, Microsoft nurtured its dominant position, but at the risk of missing potentially disruptive innovations.

I’ll have more to say about this next week. In the meantime, there’s no disputing Microsoft’s position as critical to the Puget Sound economy, and the stakes of its attempt at transformation. What do you think:


This Week’s Links:

Trans-Pacific Partnership: Don’t trade away our health | Joseph Stiglitz

Revolving door between Fed and banks spins faster | Bloomberg

How highly-paid Wall Street guys could be a threat to your retirement money | The Guardian

The Baltic Dry Index — which perfectly timed the 2008 crash — hit a 28-year low | Business Insider

Thanks a lot, austerity; we could have had 2014’s recovery in 2011 | The Week

Bill Gates on the dangers of artificial intelligence: ‘I don’t understand why some people are not concerned’ | Washington Post

Want a healthy middle class? Bring back the long-term career | Reuters


Today’s Econ Haiku:

Alaska Airlines

They brung (flew) us to this dance

Now Delta’s flirting


 

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