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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Microsoft needs to offer compelling reasons to upgrade.

By obsoleting quickly old versions of the OS and stop releasing security patches.
They could even create date limited OSes.

My company is currently transitioning from XP to Seven only because XP will stop being supported next year.

Of course, it only concern enterprises. Home PCs are never upgraded and it is an endangered specie.

Enhancing the OS ? Nobody cares. The OS does not exist, a PC is a thingy for running Office and IE.

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