Summary: Under Steve Ballmer, Microsoft has become a stagnant technology company, but until the Metro trademark fiasco I didn't think Ballmer was an incompetent business manager.
By Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols for Between the Lines | August 3, 2012 -- 15:58 GMT (08:58)
I have a low opinion of Microsoft, but even I never saw Microsoft under Ballmer making such a basic blunder as not checking out the trademark for Metro, the most distinctive name attached to Windows 8. Just how dumb is Ballmer?
Seriously. This is business 101. Oh, Microsoft is claiming now that the ?Metro de-emphasis is not related to any litigation,? but they're refusing to answer on questions about the Windows 8 Metro name conflicting with the German company name Metro AG. Metro AG isn't talking either. Interesting, huh?
In addition, Microsoft, after years of pushing the Metro brand, is now claiming that Metro was always just a code name. Really? That's news to me; Mary Jo Foley, ZDNet's ace Microsoft reporter; and anyone else who's paid any attention whatsoever to Windows 8.
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