The powers that be at Microsoft unleashed their attack dog, Frank Shaw to punch back at the tech press; justifiably so, I only wish they would have done it sooner.  For the past few days we have seen nothing “news articles” slamming Ballmer.  Sure he has made some major mistakes, but there was not even a slight attempt to balance the coverage even slightly.  The problem is that what is written on tech blogs is regurgitated into the mainstream press.  For example Forbes call Ballmer the worst CEO ever of any publically traded company. Ballmer doubled profits, tripled revenues and served as Bill Gates’ right hand man since near the inception of the company.  Half of Microsoft’s billion dollar businesses came to fruition under Ballmer.  Ballmer certainly wasn’t the greatest CEO ever but given the circumstances and the situation he inherited I thought he did an okay  job.  And it’s ...

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  Frank Shaw is a former Marine & Corporate Vice President of Corporate Communications at Microsoft and probably has one of the toughest jobs at Microsoft. He is essentially the official spokesperson for Microsoft and defends the company on a daily basis while simultaneously trying to improve its image. When Julie-Larson Green and Tami Reller recently fumbled in interviews, it was Frank’s job to hit back at the blogosphere. Given the circumstances I thought he did a remarkable job of fighting against those tried to compare Windows 8 to ‘New Coke.’ This year Microsoft decided not have an official presence at the ‘All Things Digital’ conference run by Apple lover Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. However, they did send Frank Shaw to keep tabs on the conference (and maybe Steven Sinofsky too). He put up a blog post about his experience there: On one hand, looking around the conference, there were ...

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