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The Obama administration has apointed a former Microsoft executive to be the new head of its troubled website. On Tuesday, US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius said that Kurt DelBene, who most recently served as president of the Microsoft Office division, would become the new manager of …


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  1. oldtaku

    'You know what this website really needs to fix it? A ribbon bar!'

  2. Charles Manning

    Look on the Bright Side

    It could have been Marissa. She'd spend the weekend fiddling with the logo.

  3. Steve Knox

    What are the odds....

    he pulls an Elop, drops all options from the site but Microsoft HealthCare(tm), and eventually gets the exchanges borged by MS?

  4. Eddy Ito Silver badge

    Please, please, please

    Don't let it be Balmer.

    Praying to the deity icon needed

  5. pierce

    so his first order of the day will be to throw out everything done to date and start over in ASP.NET and MS SQL Server ?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      For good measure that will toss in IIS and some ActiveX. Oh, IE6 will be the required browser as well and they will browser sniff and anything else will result in a (even more) broken site.

      Rather than hiring those people to help registrants, he will add Bob to the sit to help them navigate it and Clippy when filling out the forms. coming to Azure.

      1. Old Handle

        IE6? Don't be silly, it will require IE11.

    2. John P

      From the sounds of it, he could mandate classic ASP and Access and it wouldn't be any worse than it is now!

    3. Tom 13

      Re: ASP.NET and MS SQL Server ?

      Screw dat! Anything that needs to be done can be done by programming in MS Access.

  6. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    Good luck. Even a seasoned MS Exec may find the burden of government processes overwhelming. I bet right now he has a stack of papers on his desk that needs to be photocopied in triplicate then sent by mix of certified mail and fax to a dozen places, just to determine which office will be handling his future paperwork.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      But there is no Ballmer.

  7. wayward4now


    I thought they had called in RedHat?

  8. W. Anderson

    If people in the Obama Administration have no clue as to the idiocy of the appointment of a "Microsoft software" executive to oversee, then for the first time since he became President of USA, I would cast an opinion as a strong anti-politics individual and consider Barack Obama a more naive and stupid person than most other leaders in 2013 with all the data available to him regarding this website debacle..

    The sad facts of Microsoftie Stephen Elop at Nokia, and results of several other (supposedly) ex-Microsofties leading technology ventures should give pause to any sane decision maker to look elsewhere - in desperation, where there are several excellent candidates for that responsibility.

    The Obama administration has finally proven to be a completely doofus group.

  9. Fatman Silver badge

    Former MS exec to head up

    I can see it now:

    You enter your details, and suddenly the screen turns blue with the phrase:

    "Data Entry Failure: (A)bort, (R)etry or (F)ail?

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