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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Subscription model change.
by Darkmage on Mon 26th Aug 2013 21:11 UTC
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I'd also argue that a subscription model is going to kill Microsoft. Just this past Sunday, I was able to convince a good non-IT friend of mine that Photoshop isn't worth getting, because of the subscription model. I basically said, you can invest time into photoshop, but when the next version comes out, you have to pay subscription on it, or you can learn the GIMP, and each new version will always be free. This girl is exceptionally frugal and she immediately understood what I was saying about the costs.

Subscription is just a way for companies to pull money out of people in a never ending cycle. The free clones smash that business model wide open. I could easily walk upto half my business clients and sell them onto open office and gimp on cost alone. I have some really super frugal clients who don't care about platform. They only care about cost. As an IT worker it's actually quite hard to know what's truly right to sell to clients. On the one hand my bosses want to promote the standard Windows model, on the other hand I think our clients should know the issues regarding these platforms and long term costs.

As much as people slam Linux and open source, most stores don't need all the overhead that Windows provides. Many places just need PoS/ERP/e-mail. Hell it could be argued that many of these places don't even need OS/Desktop upgrades just hardware replacement and security patching.

Edited 2013-08-26 21:12 UTC

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