Tears for Bill Gates but Mostly Dry Eyes in Silicon Valley
Posted by Tom Foremski - October 6, 2008
Here is a short video clip of Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft [MSFT], fighting back the tears as he asks employees to thank Bill Gates for the opportunity to work at Microsoft and for being responsible for its culture of "tenacity."
There are still many in Silicon Valley who remember that the Microsoft culture also led to business behavior that was judged to be illegal and that violated US anti-trust laws. There are many veteran entrepreneurs that have horror stories related to Microsoft.
The software giant has done well with its PR machine in Silicon Valley, where gradually I have perceived a rise in positive sentiment towards Microsoft, which could expand as a Google [GOOG] backlash builds. But Microsoft still has a long way to go in rebuilding trust.
Maybe it will be easier to mend Silicon Valley fences now that Bill Gates is gone.
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Please see: DOJ: Microsoft antitrust settlement has benefited consumers | InfoWorld U.S. v. Microsoft: Court's Findings of Fact