So glad I have no MSFT shares. Over the last 5 years they have underperformed the nasdaq by a good margin, in fact a 5 year CD purchased in 03 would have provided a better return. Ballmer is a total idiot, I wonder if Microsoft investors and the board are so disconnected with the company that they just do not care. MSFT pays a poor yield, they are still in debt from the Xbox investments (it will take years if any real returns are to be expected) They missed out on the mp3 phenomena (ipods) They squandered 5+ years to get Vista to the market and the reception has been poor so far, they fail to capture the consumers imagination like Apple seems to be doing. And now Ballmer wants to take on debt so he can go and attempt a hostile takeover of Yahoo. Which I strongly suspect will really hurt Microsoft not help in the next 5 years. Overall why is it that Microsoft shareholders and the board seem to sit like mimes while they suffer from an erosion of their investment.