Steve Ballmer, Good Bye Microsoft in 2014

Steve Ballmer has announced he will be stepping down from CEO position at Microsoft within the next twelve (12) months. This transition, appointing a successor and so forth, will occur within this window.

Text of an internal email from Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer to employees regarding his plan to retire.

Steve Ballmer3I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center.

This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and engineering areas, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Microsoft is an amazing place. I love this company. I love the way we helped invent and popularize computing and the PC. I love the bigness and boldness of our bets. I love our people and their talent and our willingness to accept and embrace their range of capabilities, including their quirks. I love the way we embrace and work with other companies to change the world and succeed together. I love the breadth and diversity of our customers, from consumer to enterprise, across industries, countries, and people of all backgrounds and age groups.

I am proud of what we have achieved. We have grown from $7.5 million to nearly $78 billion since I joined Microsoft, and we have grown from employing just over 30 people to almost 100,000. I feel good about playing a role in that success and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way. We have more than 1 billion users and earn a great profit for our shareholders. We have delivered more profit and cash return to shareholders than virtually any other company in history.

I am excited by our mission of empowering the world and believe in our future success. I cherish my Microsoft ownership, and look forward to continuing as one of Microsoft’s largest owners.

This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most.

Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let’s do ourselves proud.

Steve

Steve Ballmer’s Biggest Regret is Windows Vista, not Surface RT.

 

Windows XP Uses You’ve Been Warned!!!

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For the next eight months Microsoft will be warning Windows XP users to switch your operating system now! Because the lifecycle of Windows XP will only go up to April 8, 2014, that will include both security and non-security hot fixes, free or paid support options an online technical content updates. There are still many Windows XP uses that still won’t change the operating system by April 8, 2014, they rather wait till Windows XP no longer works. Microsoft officials have said to have no plans to extend yet another cutoff date for XP. Windows XP has 37% of computer users out there.

What is the risk of still using Windows XP after the cutoff date? Because now the attackers will have plenty of time to reverse engineer security updates. Once they have identified the vulnerability they will attempt to develop code that will exploit it on XP systems. From now on Windows XP will be vulnerability forever “zero day” There is antivirus software out there to help protect and fix infected computers. The challenge is now you will never know with confidence; you can trust your computer with Windows XP on it without any more monthly updates. As a result, the security features that are built into Windows XP are no longer sufficient to defend against modern threats.

So is time now to either update the operating system or invest in a new Windows 8 computer, is up to you?

How Did That Get There?

As a computer repair tech working, I often see customers computers with lots of unwanted programs, toolbars on their computer. Because when customers install a program they are not always paying attention to the screen they click next and next again and go right by it.  A lot of free software includes third-party applications to help pay for their free software, that will include browsers, toolbars and changing to their home page. By default it is already checked off by third-party software.

The only way not to install third-party applications is to go slow when clicking next, uncheck all boxes for the third-party applications. The only thing you can do if you did install third-party applications is to uninstall it with a program I use called Revo UnInstaller.

When installing software take your time and make sure your installing it correctly. If not you will have a lot of unwanted toolbars, unwanted browsers and your homepage changed that you did not want.

Here are samples of third-party applications trying to install on you computer:

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CCleaner MixiDJ-Toolbar-Software

 

 

 

 

 

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Warning: Microsoft will never call you, but scammers will!!!

Scam AlertYou get a phone call, claiming to be from Microsoft. That’s what happened to me this week I got a call on the phone somebody claiming that there working for Microsoft and notice I have problems on my computer. When he called he asked for me by name to make it more legitimate, I first played along with him, he was telling me my computer was infected and he could fix it for me. Then when he was going on I told him I am a computer repair tech and there is no way that a server can get information on my computer and send it to him. This is when I lost it and gave him hell for taking advantage of people that don’t know better, and I told him this is as far that I’m going to go with him and hung up.

Telephone tech support scams: What you need to know:

  • They take control of your computer remotely and adjust settings to leave your computer vulnerable.
  • They can or make you install malicious software.
  • They could damage your computer by deleting system files.
  • Request credit card information so they can bill you for phony services.
  • Ask for your personal (password) information.

How to protect you from telephone tech support scams:

  • Do not purchase any software or services.
  •  Ask if there is a fee or subscription service.
  • Never give control of your computer to an unknown person over the phone.
  • You can take the caller’s information down and immediately report it to your local authorities.
  • Never provide your credit card or financial information to someone claiming to be from Microsoft tech support or anybody.
  • The best thing to do is just, hang up.

Do not trust unsolicited calls. Do not provide any personal information.

For more information check out Alan Parekh Hacked Gadgets has fun with Computer Scammer called Global IT 3 Video’s.

 

 

The Return of the Start Button

Everybody was complaining when Windows 8 came out that there was no start button and start menu. Microsoft has decided to bring back the start button only; a lot of people are still complaining not having the start menu. Microsoft said it will not bring the start menu back, Metro is the new start menu now.

But if you right-click on the start button you will get a lot of features that will help not having the start menu, a lot of features are easy to get to now.

Below is a picture of key features of the right-click start button.

Start Button right click