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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RE[3]: Comment by shmerl
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:38 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by shmerl"
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Worthy projects will endure. The damage to open technologies and standards caused by Microsoft way outweighs any sponsorships they offer.

Yes, yesssssssss.... let the trite, overblown hyperbole flow through you.

But please, don't let me stop you from ranting about all the damage that Microsoft has done to open technologies and standards... despite the fact that you are most likely posting from a computer using a hardware architecture that was created specifically for Microsoft's operating systems, and which became widespread entirely because of Microsoft's success.

Really no different than the creationists who use computers and the internet to endlessly ramble on about how science has only had negative effects.

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