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[9]: Comment by shmerl
by BallmerKnowsBest on Tue 27th Aug 2013 15:51 UTC in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by shmerl"
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"Let's imagine if, back in the day, Microsoft had, say, kowtowed to IBM and introduced measures to prevent their OS from running on non-IBM PC clones. By your reasoning & shmerl's, that wouldn't have had any impact on the relative success of the PC platform.

This is a kind of futile experiment isn't it?

Sure, just as futile as unfounded speculation about what an unspecified "someone else" might have done in Microsoft's position, right?

History is done. Anyway, what could MS gain from it? Also, I bet Bill Gates would avoid the trap even if IBM asked.

If IBM had properly grasped what they stood to benefit/loose, do you honestly think they couldn't have made it worth Gates' while?

IBM wanted PCs to be a driving to its big computers, Bill Gates and others were smart enough to see them as something way bigger than that.

Exactly, and there's no guarantee that anyone else would have had the same degree of vision or the independent will to avoid simply being IBM's puppet.

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