“Microsoft Corp. needs to avoid ‘big company ills’ if it wants to beat competitors and boost its long-stagnant stock price, chief executive Steve Ballmer told employees in an annual memo Tuesday,” The Associated Press reports. “In a Tuesday interview with The Associated Press, Ballmer said the world’s largest software company cannot be run like the startup it once was. But he added, ‘We have to avoid becoming a certain kind of big, process-bound bureaucracy.'”
“Such flexibility is especially important as Microsoft goes up against companies like Apple Computer Inc., whose iPod music player has become a hit while Microsoft has lagged in online music distribution,” AP reports. “In his memo, Ballmer said the company ‘must also work to change a number of customer perceptions,’ including that the security of its systems is not up to par. Microsoft has been plagued by attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in its software.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Memo to Ballmer: Too late.