If you were to look back over the years and pick one seriously mismanaged tech company it would probably be AMD. Even going back into the K6 days we find that AMD just did not know what it wanted to do or what direction it intended to go. The marketing message was confused both internally and to the market as a whole. This confusion hit “Office Space” like proportions in the late 90’s when it was rumored that there were more managers and project leaders than they were actual people doing the work.
Microsoft has released surprisingly good operating results for the third quarter in which both sales and earnings significantly exceeded expectations. The company posted a profit of 5.24 billion dollars, which is much higher than analyst expectations, which on average was about $4.56 billion . The total turnover of the company was $18.5 billion , which is again much higher than the 17.8 billion dollars that analysts had expected.