Bill Gates' Memo Rocks Microsoft
Via Red Herring.
Bill Gates wants to overhaul the way Microsoft approaches the software market, shifting toward online services and the ad-supported model championed by rivals, according to an internal email broadly circulated on Wednesday.
In the email dated October 30, Mr. Gates urged the company to better leverage web-based software and services to make up for missed revenue opportunities realized by competitors such as Google, Salesforce.com, and Skype Technologies, which was recently acquired by eBay. The email was disclosed Wednesday in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and other media.
“The next sea change is upon us,” wrote Mr. Gates. He predicted the coming “services wave” will be disruptive to the industry.