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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The "One OS" decision cost them
by benali72 on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:09 UTC
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Microsoft's decision to force laptop/desktop users to use a handheld OS in Win 8 was driven by marketing but was technologically unsound. Mr Ballmer's failure to understand this cost him his job. He put the laptop/desktop monopoly at risk for a shot at handheld market share, without results.

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