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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To be clear, I am not _advocating_ anything. Both my personal PCs run Linux. I only tolerate Windows in a virtual machine.

I have a couple of Linux systems as well as two Macs. And, like you, I only run Windows as a virtual system (under parallels). Well, there is my Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition that I use for my server (web, e-mail, FTP, etc.) -- the e-mail server I use is Windows-only and it has some features that I've come to rely on.

In a way, I have the impression that some efforts that Microsoft exercised to prevent piracy have helped making upgrading the OS complex for users.

Also agreed.

Windows architecture made restarting from scratch every 3 years something desirable for home users. They buy a Windows re-install which includes a PC.

I think it's desirable for Microsoft, Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Sony, etc. MIcrosoft makes money selling the OS to the hardware vendors and they make their money selling PCs. It's a symbiotic relationship -- I just can't figure out which party is the parasite.

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