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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There is an experienced CEO[1], 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 [their] software properties[2] and license everything from another company[3], thus completing [their][4] transformation into devices company.

A paragraph completely setup for...

1. Elop
2. Symbian
3. Microsoft
4. Nokia

But then you didn't even go there. ;)

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