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[3]: brace yourselves
by ze_jerkface on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 20:54 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: brace yourselves"
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Then why don't you tell us exactly who you were referring to as armchair CEOs.

The term itself implies amateurish judgment by inexperienced critics outside the company. In the current situation the critics outside the company have been right from day one but more importantly I believe the average grade school child has far better judgment than Ballmer. Forget forum posters or armchair CEOs as you try to malign them, even a 7 year old kid knows it's a really dumb idea to push a product that people have tried and rejected. Ballmer is on par with the severely mentally handicapped as he is unable to predict the most likely outcomes of situations that are clear and obvious to everyone else.

So yea I find your term a little insulting here when the armchair CEOs would have not doubled down on stupid as Ballmer did with Sinofsky's plan. The collective opinion of critics was clear and would have saved the company both money and image if enacted. As I have said before my dog would have done a better job running the company in the last 2 years because doing nothing would have made them more money. That's not debatable, Windows 8 and Surface have been a huge waste of money. Windows 8 only sells because that's what new computers come with. Windows 7 OEM in fact still outsells 8 on Amazon.

Edited 2013-08-23 21:06 UTC

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