Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:12 UTC

Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

This was long overdue. Microsoft needs fresh blood at the top - not a salesman, but a visionary.

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Is it too late?
by ioconnor on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:41 UTC
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There is practically nothing being made at M$ one would want to buy. What would you do if you were to take over?

1) Immediately come out with windows 9. It would be very similar to Windows 7 but there would only be one version and it would not have all the difficulties of moving it to another computer as you upgraded hardware.
2) Produce a new phone line made in America and a new version of windows 8 called "Mirrors 1".
3) Rework the pricing and usability of office. Needs to work off the net and on the net. Needs to be a fixed price unless using the monthly upgrade which should be less than $10 a month. (Or $40 a year.)
4) ...

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