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Defogging the “Mission/Vision Thing”
A company’s success depends upon its ability to make smart decisions and respond quickly in a highly volatile environment. When a company has a relevant and

bill gates income  portable devices, Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates announced that Microsoft would be revising its original vision of 'a PC in every home and on every desk,' inferring that this context was limiting in a world that is seeing explosive growth of portable devices. This is the first time in our 25-year history we've actually changed our vision statement, said Gates. This is a classic example of how a Vision Statement must be periodically revisited and revised to reflect new and previously unforeseeable change

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bill gates income  internal memo, where Chairman Bill Gates warned his top executives of the SaaS threat. In these excerpts, Gates called on Microsoft to jump toward the trend of SaaS over the Internet. Some are comparing the memo to his call in the 1990s for Microsoft to embrace the Internet and in the early 2000s to embrace Web services. These calls led to the ubiquitous Microsoft Internet Explorer ( IE ) browser and Microsoft Service Network ( MSN ) on-line services, and Microsoft's .NET framework, respectively. Gates Read More

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