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: Is it too late?
by Darkmage on Mon 26th Aug 2013 20:41 UTC in reply to "Is it too late?"
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I would merge windows 7/8 into a single product. I'd have the installer make you choose at install-time whether to turn metro on or off. That would finally unify their tablet and Desktop OSes. Microsoft are morons for trying to shove metro down desktop users. I'd leave the current product lineup as-is and explore some new research avenues for new products.

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