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 21:01 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: brace yourselves"
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I don't think he defended anyone, and instead pointed out that your words are prefaced with "maybe" and "probably". In other words, you're guessing as to what happened and going from there.

You don't know, I don't know, and neither does anyone else outside of Microsoft's senior leadership.

In all likelihood Ballmer was asked to leave. But if you can't see that then I'm not surprised as I stopped questioning your judgment long ago. I would say your sense of judgement "probably" does not exist.

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