So where is Alex Kipman, the Brazilian who incubated the technology? Microsoft handed him a nice award when he was in his 30s. Why isn't Kipman's technological vision being trumpeted now?

This is the kind of person who should be getting the keys to the Microsoft kingdom. Someone in touch with the future, not the past.

I believe Microsoft's problems are deeper than the present technology, and more important than even the fate of Windows 8. Microsoft's executive pipeline needs repair.

Microsoft needs to trust a new generation of leaders with new visions, who have demonstrated technical and marketing creativity.

Microsoft shouldn't trust anyone over 40 with its future.

At the time of publication, the author was long GOOG and MSFT.

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