7 Companies Microsoft ex-Windows Chief Isn't Allowed to Join

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ethanolson

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Why not HP? They are Microsoft largest reseller and/or enterprise business referrer. His management skill and understanding of development would fit nicely with HP's vision and management tool division.
 

billnotreally

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he destroyed windows internally. made decisions that will ultimately end windows forever. the ideas pushed by his bootlickers helped the competition and made windows fail on their face. he left while the house was burning down where he should have been inside.
 

billnotreally

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the agenda he shaped internally is still being used. if you looked at his decisions, its like he already knew he was leaving. he looked like another tim cook on stage. was not ms type at all. he was an apple guy the whole time! his ideas were dumb. he made an ok OS and turned it into a mess. Where win8 actually is worst than win3 They have moved back in every form with his motives. He should have been sued. Sinofsky was the worst manager at MS (period) This is the reason windows sucks, is cause of him. Why care what he does except retirement or teaching students his evil ways.
 

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Amazon's cloud-based Web Services platform could absolutely be in competition with Microsoft, especially as MS is starting to move some of their resources in that direction. I do agree that Facebook seems to be an odd one out on that list but they are a massive company money and technology wise and have the resources to move into other markets if they see an opportunity.
 

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How can companies in America continue to control you even after you leave? What if you move to another country?
 

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There are non-compete clauses that are listed in their contracts. This is something that the employees sign and and are bound by contract law to live by until the specified end of contract.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-compete_clause

 

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Always surprises me how much the "land of the free" allows corporations to control their lives. How can a company claim the right to decide what a person can and can't do after they have left the company?
 

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It's called contract law. When he started for working for Microsoft, which employed him and paid him well for years, he willingly signed a piece of paper that said that he could not immediately go to work for a directly competing company - at least, one of the listed ones - for a specified period of time. As in, he couldn't jump ship, immediately sign on to a competing company, and say "Ok, guys, here is what my previous employer was doing, and here is how we undermine their confidential plans and strategies."

When reading that, focus on the "willingly signed" part. In this case, the "land of the free" is saying "If you sign a legal contract saying you will not do X after you quit, you can't legally do X." I have to ask you, seriously... Is that so terrible and unfair?
 
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