Former Microsoft exec says Surface tablets are bad idea, company is ‘malfunctioning’

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Former Microsoft employee Joachim Kempin spoke out to ReadWrite in an interview about the company. He wrote a book entitled Resolve and Fortitude: Microsoft’s `Secret Power Broker’ Breaks His Silence in which he doesn’t shy away from criticizing the company’s current executives, products, and business plans. He joined Microsoft in 1983 and stayed there for almost two decades.

“It seems to me that Microsoft is basically malfunctioning,” Kempin told ReadWrite. “Back in the late 1990s we had our own tablet under development,” he spoke referring to the Surface tablets. “It never saw the light of day. When I left in 2002 people were talking about social media. We were selling phone software. But we didn’t take advantage of any of that.”

Kempin doesn’t seem to like any aspect of Microsoft. Not only did he put down Steve Ballmer (in fairness, so does everybody else in the industry) but he didn’t have kind words about Bill Gates either. He wrote that Gates “miserably failed in guiding the company through the Internet and social network revolution.”

He says the strategy Microsoft uses to face competition is all wrong. Rather than investing in social media or getting more visionaries on board, the company “produces its own hardware (i.e. the Surface tablets) and tries to compete with Apple while pissing off its loyal hardware manufacturers.”

Kempin does seem a bit biased with his negativity toward Microsoft, but many of his, albeit harsh, points are valid and are even supported by analysts and critics in the industry. Microsoft has lost its way and the lack of any concrete Surface sales numbers doesn’t help ease the minds of skeptics.

[via BGR]

  • Mike

    This guy said this again, or are you guy having a real slow day ?! I read the exact same thing said by the same guy, two weeks ago.

  • Steve

    It’s because Surface Pro came out, Apple fanboys are a bit touchy. Damage control and a bit of jealousy, all in all that dated “icons on a grid” UI is getting really dull.

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • Gregory C Newman

    his guy has a right to speak his mind. I do not think the current surface pro is a bad design
    it is more of a Tablet small light portable computer hybrid than a tablet convertible hybrid.
    the surface pro excels as a light portable computer that can also be used as a tablet if a person desires to do so. portable computers were a big deal years ago. the surface pro is best used as a portable computer because it does not have a strong keyboard dock to support it’s case weight. It will be a winner because it has fast and responsive touch
    control and will run Most windows full PC software that windows users want

  • andrewi

    Surface Sucks, Surface Pro on the other hand could have been huge, but Microsoft should not have made it so expensive. If MS really wanted to provide a flagship for the other Manufacturers to follow, it should have made it a limited-run ‘reference design’ at the same price point as it expects HP and Dell to make them at. When the run is over after say, 1 million units worldwide, market demand still isn’t satiated and HP and Dell can pick up where MS left off.

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