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Microsoft: Don't Trust Anyone Over 40

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Microsoft often comes up with cool things like this. What it lacks -- what it has lacked since Windows 95 -- is a strategist who can turn what comes out of the lab into products people will demand.

A good example is the company's Kinect interface. It's not just a way to play games with gestures. It's a transformative technology, as The Verge writes, something that gives robots a way to interface with the world, and something that could, as Technology Review notes, launch a host of start-ups.

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So where is Alex Kipman, the Brazilian who incubated the technology? Microsoft handed him a nice award when he was in his thirties. Why isn't Kipman's technological vision being trumpeted now?

This is the kind of person who should be getting the keys to the Microsoft kingdom. Someone in touch with the future, not the past.

I believe Microsoft's problems are deeper than the present technology, and more important than even the fate of Windows 8. Microsoft's executive pipeline needs repair.

Microsoft needs to trust a new generation of leaders with new visions, who have demonstrated technical and marketing creativity.

Microsoft shouldn't trust anyone over 40 with its future.

At the time of publication, the author was long GOOG and MSFT.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.

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