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: best news ever
by Deviate_X on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:14 UTC in reply to "best news ever"
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Really really didn't like steve ballmer as CEO he is absolutely useless. He should have brought harmony to Microsoft and it's platforms, software and services, instead every team and staff member is competing against each other, it's ridiculous they should be all focused together on competing against apple and google. The fighting shows in their products, how the Win RT crowd wait for the office crowd to do something for touch office, how skydrive is only just being picked up and used even though it's been a hidden gem of microsoft's for ages.

And as for the staff ranking system it's absurd, i can't wait for the guy to leave, i only wish that Sinofsky had'nt already left, i know he was a bit tyrannical but he did bring the teams together into a single focus.

I just hope the next person has the single vision and the ability to bring Microsoft together, to make it into one working harmonious whole.

Ballmer actually did very well as CEO of Microsoft, not from the hyped driven (partially-informed) point of view of blogsphere, but from the business point of view. During his tenure MSFT has double its cash generation and more importantly diversified its business (less than 25% of MSFT's cash comes from Windows).

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