This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
TheStreet Open House

Microsoft Is So Desperate It's Embarrassing

Stocks in this article: MSFT AAPL GOOG

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- So now there's word that Microsoft (MSFT - Get Report) wants to find a way to let customers buy a device and then choose between Windows Phone and Google's (GOOG) Android operating system.

If this doesn't highlight what's wrong with tech -- outside of the hundreds of innovative startups saturating pockets of the country and a handful of major players -- I'm not sure what does.

As I noted earlier Monday at TheStreet, Apple (AAPL - Get Report) continues to crush the competition and, meantime, Microsoft barely runs in place with Windows Phone.

Is this the only solution to its inability to execute the maker of the excellent Xbox platform and apparent hub of Pacific Northwest innovation can come up with? To, for all intents and purposes, grab cheap marketshare in hardware by admitting the experiment to merge Windows desktop with Windows Mobile failed so it can do no better than offer an Android option?

See, look, we did something, we sold a few devices, but it really had nothing to do with anything we did other than poach off of an already existing idea because, well, we basically suck and have run out of original ideas. We have NO way forward! 

Harsh, I know. Maybe even a tad unprofessional. But, I don't like to mess around. I prefer cutting straight to what they call #truth on Twitter (TWTR)!

But here's the rub -- this, quite possibly, wouldn't give a meaningful number of consumers any reason to buy a Windows Phone. It's not like there's pent-up demand to run both Windows Mobile and Android or choose between the two or whatever the outcome this train wreck of thought might produce. Outside of a handful of super geeks there's likely exactly zero demand. If somebody wants a Windows device they have already picked up a Nokia (NOK). And if they want to run Android, they have Samsung and about six million other random OEMs to choose from.

Steve Ballmer needs to write up a press release, clean out his office and officially leave Microsoft. Bill Gates needs to follow up with a statement that Ballmer is, indeed, gone and the new CEO has complete control to do whatever he or she desires. That means Gates would need to leave the Board as well. With all due respect to both men, they're holding Microsoft back. If they stick around, they'll end up responsible for a death that will make what happened at the artist formerly known as RIM look tame.

There's always a rub with Microsoft though. Because, even in a situation without the Ballmer-Gates overhang, we have to count on MSFT's board to not hire a loser and make the type of gutsy decision Yahoo! (YHOO) made when it named Marissa Mayer CEO.

--Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is a columnist for TheStreet. Pendola makes frequent appearances on national television networks such as CNN and CNBC as well as TheStreet TV. Whenever possible, Pendola uses hockey, Springsteen or Southern California references in his work. He lives in Santa Monica.

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Dividend Stock Advisor

Jim Cramer's protégé, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
Try it NOW
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!

Markets

DOW 17,416.85 +225.48 1.31%
S&P 500 2,021.25 +19.09 0.95%
NASDAQ 4,683.4070 +45.4130 0.98%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs