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Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Dismatling the Microsoft Hieararchy

Almost every software veteran has been burnt by Microsoft at some point, whether through outlandish pricing, technological churn, poor support or buggy software. So the industry is watching with some satisfaction as the Microsoft software hierarchy starts to crumble.

I think it's safe to say that the blogosphere is an active participant in the dismantling. It gets even more interesting when a key Microsoft employee, like Robert Scoble participates in the hierarchy realignment. Today, Robert blogs in response to Ross Mayfeld, about the top 12 reasons Web entrepreneur aren’t using Microsoft’s stuff.

In the comments to the above post, Mr Scoble writes in response to the Unofficial Microsoft Weblog:

John (Microsoft Weblog): I am on a spiritual journey, but I’m not leaving Microsoft. The world is about to change, though, you’re right! Microsoft is going to need to change with it.

It is pretty clear to me that Microsoft in its present form can not adapt to the changing technological world, since breaking the hierarchy is an integral part of that change. The Microsoft Mammoth by definition needs to sit at the top of the hierarchy and can not play on the same field as the entrepeneurs due to pressure from 50,000+ employees, shareholders, the stock market and other large company pressures.

A possible solution would be listening to another important Microsoft blogger, Mini-Microsoft, who has been advising that Microsoft break itself up into smaller more nimble companies. But for the life of me, I can't imagine Bill Gates or Steve Ballmer being content with being the boss of a smaller, less powerful companies, regardless of how innovative they might be because the money/power hierarchy trumps the innovation hierarchy almost every time.

Note: I posted this quickly before a 9:00 meeting, prior to proofreading it and thus the misspellings in the title. I can't change the title now since it will change the permalink and some people have already linked to it. The World Live Web is not always all wine and roses.