IT WOULD seem that Microsoft employees aren't huge fans of the management.
Some transcriptions of conversations on private messaging app Blind, leaked to Business Insider, show that the company was delighted about the recent departure of COO Kevin Turner, and are now hoping for a similar swift fate for Windows svengali Terry Myerson.
In a chat between over 100 Microsoft employees (we can't imagine why they didn't use Yammer) one described Turner's departure as the 'Best 4th of July gift ever!!!!!', while a poll of 95 employees found that 93 felt 'crazy happy' at his departure while just two felt 'crying sad'.
The attention then turned to Myerson, who is not without his detractors in the same way that the beach is not without crabs.
"Happy!!! Now we need Terry to go and it will be the best year ever," said one, while another chimed in: "Can we do a buy one get one free offer? Terry comes free with KT?"
Despite the dislike of the guy, many were concerned that Turner's conscious uncoupling from the Redmond Massive would lead to layoffs, following The Slashening of ex-Nokia types a few months before.
"Last time a guy of that level left, we had massive layoffs (Nokia). Are we seeing a pattern? Has the field underperformed last year and he is taking the fall for it with more to come?" said one employee. Another threatened to jump: "Writing's on the wall and I'm not sticking around for it."
One defender (in the interest of balance) wrote: "Say what you want about him, but he and Ballmer raised the cash we needed to build this cloud business we are poised to dominate."
CEO Satya Nadella paid tribute, saying: "Kevin has made a tremendous impact at Microsoft over the past 11 years.
"He built the salesforce into the strategic asset it is today with incredible talent, while at the same time more than doubling our revenue and driving customer satisfaction scores to the highest in company history. I have learned a lot from Kevin over these past few years and wish him all the best."
Learned? Sales? Marketing? Wish? Maybe if that were the case, the marketing of Windows 10 wouldn't have caused such a shitstorm. µ
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