NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- With shares of Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) having reached a new 52-week high recently, the stock is up more than 25% over the past six months. Given the dire state of the PC industry, patient investors were (understandably) jumping for joy.Any progress this company makes is always followed by a step or two backward. On Tuesday, Microsoft announced that it sold 100 million copies of its flagship Windows 8 operating system, while also describing sales as having occurred in the "first six months of life."
Essentially, although Microsoft has indeed made some progress, it's still not time to get excited yet. For a company with much to prove, this sort of uninspiring sales performance isn't the news that's going to keep CEO Steve Ballmer's detractors silent. Ballmer was quoted prelaunch Windows 8: "The launch of Windows 8 is the beginning of a new era at Microsoft. Investments we've made over a number of years are now coming together to create a future of exceptional devices and services, with tremendous opportunity for our customers, developers, and partners." As nicely as I can put it, given Ballmer's "questionable" history of execution, the Street never really bought into his hype. Unfortunately, as evidenced by the soft adoption of Windows 8, consumers haven't been buying it, either. The question remains, is Ballmer still the right guy to lead Microsoft? How this is still a debate is a mystery to me.