So the first news I see regarding Microsoft today is that Ballmer refuses to talk about the company’s wearable computing strategy. My first thought was, "This is its priority? Wearable computers? So it can spy on your day-to-day activities?" The next story I read was about how Microsoft is going to reshuffle the organization, which prompted me to wonder, "Re-org? Why? So it can put some intelligence agency folks in charge?"
If Microsoft thinks it can ignore what is happening by whistling in the graveyard, it is in for a big surprise. The investors will be the first to get a clue, and the customers will follow.
Microsoft is perfectly reasonable when it doesn’t care about the issue. Why should it, when the aforementioned governments don’t? It’s telling that the article was published in the PC Magazine and not Forbes or Wall Street Journal, where it was more likely to reflect genuine concern of investors. Politicians turn the problem into a joke and the American public doesn’t seem to care.