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]: Comment by kovacm
by acobar on Sat 24th Aug 2013 13:57 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kovacm"
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Sales visionary of course but tech visionary? I doubt it.

You do realize that people we all depicted as "visionary" have failed spectacularly throughout history, don't you? Whether I like MS and its products or not, or if I keep Bill Gates at high standards or not is irrelevant, he and his company created an impression on human history that will live for centuries even if MS may sink suddenly or disappear lingeringly.

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