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[2]: best news ever
by ze_jerkface on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 21:51 UTC in reply to "RE: best news ever"
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The cash increased from more people and businesses using computers. Their cash flow has long been from Windows and Office which had market locks thanks to the work of Gates. Their cash flow would have increased even if they stuck with XP.

Furthermore their enterprise products all stem from their market locks. You're running Windows anyways so you might as well have your custom software developed for Windows and you might as well use SQL Server since it works easily with VS and you might as well write your web software for ASP.NET since half the code is already in the desktop version and so on and so forth.

Though I despise the Win8/Surface line I think their development tools are top notch and I also like SQL Server but if Apple had the market lock there is no way Microsoft could charge what they currently do for their enterprise products.

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