Why Microsoft needs to break up.

After the announcement that Microsoft will be laying off 18,000 workers I was listening to This Week in Tech #467 where they proposed breaking up Microsoft and I have to say I agree. There is a toxic corporate culture within Microsoft and it’s far to entrenched to change at this point, maybe I’m wrong but stack ranking only leads to coworkers and divisions fighting each other instead of working together and building the best product possible. Maybe Satya Nadella can get rid of stack ranking and clean up the culture but it’s a bit to much for one man, and besides he’s already got enough to clean up from the mess Steve Ballmer left on his way out. I just think first you get rid of stack ranking then break up the company into three parts all owned by Microsoft as a holding company.

Ok so what should Satya Nadella do in my opinion? Well like I said first abolish stack ranking company wide, that would be a major step forward in it’s self. Next break the company into three separate companies all owned my the Microsoft corporation which would become a holding company and general guiding hand for all three. The way I see breaking it up is like this, 1) Software 2) Hardware 3) Could, I know what you’re thinking “what about enterprise?” well each company would have a division for consumer products and a division for enterprise products, so there is no need to have a separate company for enterprise alone.

1) Software. This would be Windows, Office, and all the other software products they currently offer and will offer in the future.

2) Hardware. This would be Xbox, Nokia, Surface, and all other hardware they offer.

3) Cloud. This would be not only things like OneDrive & Office Online & Azure, but Bing, Skype, MSN Messagner, and all the web based products. I know I’m setting this one up for taking over but one company is always going to do better than the other, sad fact of life.

Personally I think this is the best way to ensure that Microsoft has a future that will be more than a second class citizen of the tech world, of course it will never happen, even if Satya Nadella wanted to do this the board (which has Bill Gates & Steve Ballmer on it) would never let this happen. So while it’s fun to talk about, I’m afraid that everyone in the upper levels of Microsoft has been drinking the kool-aid for far to long and they won’t split the company up until it’s far to late and Microsoft is a tech dinosaur.

Google’s Project Zero

First of all if you haven’t heard about Project Zero click HERE to read about it.

Now that you’re up to date, I think this is a great idea. First of all having a group dedicated to finding the flaws in systems and getting them fixed before they cause trouble is a great idea, personally I think this should have been done years ago. Also I think that while it’s good that Google is funding this and keeping it in house, I would prefer if this were set up independent of any one company. I’d like to see this set up as a separate entity from any one company and have it funded by all the major tech giants, that way they have can say “we fund it, but we don’t run it exclusively”, then no one can feel like they are being targeted.

I do have to say I love the idea of hiring the best hackers and having them in a safe place to find the flaws, then having the legal backing of Google to release what they found. I would just prefer if it were independent and they had their own legal team, and all of it was funded by all the major tech companies. Think about it, no one is going to cry foul when something is found if everyone is funding this, and that clears up most of the potential legal headaches resulting in less money spent on a legal team. It’s a win win. But for now we just have to be happy that it’s being done at all, and at least it’s being done by Google who love them or hate them does seem to try to do the best thing s for the internet and it’s users.

Annual Business Services Scam Alert

As some of you know I am a business owner here in Ohio, well today I received a form from Annual Business Services saying that I had to Enter the name of each Stock holder (I have none), list the Board of Directors (there isn’t a Board of Directors), and list all Officers in the company (there aren’t any).  Then I have to provide contact information, and give them $125.00 by Aug 1st 2014.

I did a quick Google search and found that this a a scam, the Ohio Secretary of State’s website has a notice that this is not real, they don’t say scam, but it’s a scam.  Don’t be fooled by these people, Ohio law does NOT require businesses to file corporate minutes.  Don’t pay these people a cent, and file a report with the Ohio Attorney General.

Here’s a link to the Secretary of State report

Here’s a link to the Ohio Attorney General’s office.