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[5]: Comment by kovacm
by acobar on Sun 25th Aug 2013 01:42 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
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You're trying to have it both ways, me thinks. Applying your approach basically anyone could be a visionary.

Where specifically I said visionary? That must be the most abused and hyped word of them all. Read history, you will probably find that what most people call "revolutionary" and "visionary" was actually a developing process where opportunity met competency. Lets see:

- Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin by luck, but he had to have the expertise to understand what was going on;

- Keeping the due proportions, Einstein probably would not create special relativity if was not for Michelson-Morley experiment showing that the physics of that time didn't "fit", same with photoelectric effect. Was not for classic gravitation difficult with the aberration of Mercury movements, perhaps, GG would not have been created also;

- Ford was not the first to use "production lines" but he was the first to do it on mechanical parts and with an unknown efficiency at his time;

- The work of Maxwell was the culmination and synthesis of the 19 century experiments with electric and magnetic effects;

- Even if I think that Tesla was and extraordinary engineer the myth that he created the induction motor from nothing is just that, a myth, but he had the knowledge and brightness to see where they could be applied;

- Rockefeller had the right product at the right time and could recognize that. Same can be said about Carnegie and many other big business men that came before or after;

We could go on and on with Newton, Galileo, the discovery of DNA and so on and so forth.

See the similarities? All these men where on the right time with the right knowledge. Granted, some of them where geniuses but not them all, nevertheless, they recognized what could be done and used the advantage they had.

Also, you could be going off the deep end with the assumption that anyone will give any mind to MS in hundred(s) years time. Example, could you tell me off the top of your head who was the largest maker of steam engines in the XIX century?

I did say most people will, except probably for Einstein and Newton, many will not recognize the names I listed and even less would know what they did. But for us, that had the opportunity to enjoy a good education, his names and their acts will be there and will be used as historical sources to help us comprehend why some succeed when so many failed.

May I be wrong, but I suspect that Bill Gates name will be there, at least close to Rockefeller and Carnegie. And no, I never was a follower of him, I keep my esteem to scientific and hard technical achievements.

I had many classes on thermodynamics, heat transfer and thermal machines so lets skip the last question. ;-)

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