Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s Memo to Employees

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s Memo to Employees

MS CEO Steve Ballmer sent a memo to Microsoft’s some 57,000 employees on Tuesday.  The excerpts that have been posted by don’t necessarily reflect any specifics by Microsoft concerning the Tablet PC, but do reveal what Microsoft plans to do globally for the next year concerning its entire spectrum of products. There is certainly enough information to draw some solid conclusions about the corporate giant’s standing on security issues, competition and computer hardware products.

This year’s edition of the annual letter discusses the challenge from Linux, the progress in software security, and how to cope with ‘big company’ ills.

Following are excerpts from the memo sent Tuesday, July 6, 2004 by CEO Steve Ballmer to Microsoft’s 57,000 employees. Ballmer writes comfortingly that the company has devised a strategy for dealing with the challenge from Linux and that progress is being made in software security. However, many observers would say that escalating security problems with Windows and Internet Explorer security could eventually drive customers away, perhaps toward Linux, creating a “perfect storm” that could cripple the company unless breakthroughs are imminent. Overall, though, the 4,000-word memo clearly expresses Ballmer’s aggressiveness, as well as his optimism and confidence that Microsoft can retain its place as the dominant software company in the world…

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