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[5]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:56 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by shmerl"
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Just because they did things that doesn't fit into your value system, doesn't mean that they were the worst ever and doesn't mean they weren't/aren't beneficial.

Today my knowledge of Microsoft tech has got me a well paying job in a tax haven after I was head hunted.

Microsoft tech is not the only tech I know well, I've been learning node and Django on Fedora 19. But overwhelmingly that is where my experise is and where the money is in the industry I work in.

There are a lot of developers like me that think Microsoft have improved the ecosystem.

But I am sure you will continue to be blinkered to anyone elses feelings on the subject, because that fits your belief system.

Edited 2013-08-23 17:59 UTC

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