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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I know who's the next Microsoft CEO
by Verenkeitin on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 19:28 UTC
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There is an experienced CEO, who knows how to run a company that is having some problems with their operating system platform. Somebody with vision and balls to throw away all Microsoft's software properties and license everything from another company, thus completing Microsoft's transformation into devices company.

Microsoft and Oracle are already getting along, so maybe Oracle could dust off J2ME and Microsoft could put that into their phones and tablets. That would be truly visionary leadership.

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