Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:12 UTC
Microsoft

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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best news ever
by REM2000 on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:41 UTC
REM2000
Member since:
2006-07-25

Really really didn't like steve ballmer as CEO he is absolutely useless. He should have brought harmony to Microsoft and it's platforms, software and services, instead every team and staff member is competing against each other, it's ridiculous they should be all focused together on competing against apple and google. The fighting shows in their products, how the Win RT crowd wait for the office crowd to do something for touch office, how skydrive is only just being picked up and used even though it's been a hidden gem of microsoft's for ages.

And as for the staff ranking system it's absurd, i can't wait for the guy to leave, i only wish that Sinofsky had'nt already left, i know he was a bit tyrannical but he did bring the teams together into a single focus.

I just hope the next person has the single vision and the ability to bring Microsoft together, to make it into one working harmonious whole.

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RE: best news ever
by Deviate_X on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:14 in reply to "best news ever"
Deviate_X Member since:
2005-07-11

Really really didn't like steve ballmer as CEO he is absolutely useless. He should have brought harmony to Microsoft and it's platforms, software and services, instead every team and staff member is competing against each other, it's ridiculous they should be all focused together on competing against apple and google. The fighting shows in their products, how the Win RT crowd wait for the office crowd to do something for touch office, how skydrive is only just being picked up and used even though it's been a hidden gem of microsoft's for ages.

And as for the staff ranking system it's absurd, i can't wait for the guy to leave, i only wish that Sinofsky had'nt already left, i know he was a bit tyrannical but he did bring the teams together into a single focus.

I just hope the next person has the single vision and the ability to bring Microsoft together, to make it into one working harmonious whole.


Ballmer actually did very well as CEO of Microsoft, not from the hyped driven (partially-informed) point of view of blogsphere, but from the business point of view. During his tenure MSFT has double its cash generation and more importantly diversified its business (less than 25% of MSFT's cash comes from Windows).

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RE[2]: best news ever
by Fergy on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 19:52 in reply to "RE: best news ever"
Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

Ballmer actually did very well as CEO of Microsoft, not from the hyped driven (partially-informed) point of view of blogsphere, but from the business point of view. During his tenure MSFT has double its cash generation and more importantly diversified its business (less than 25% of MSFT's cash comes from Windows).

Eh Office is the cashcow...

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RE[2]: best news ever
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 21:27 in reply to "RE: best news ever"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I'd like to see the figures for the revenue streams before and after he took off. He's getting killed online because of two factors: revenue growth and consumer facing products. Investors are upset that revenues haven't grown at the same rate they did in the Gates era and they were over taken by their rival Apple in new markets. Consumers don't like him because he hasn't really given them good products other than the xbox under his tenure.

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RE[2]: best news ever
by ze_jerkface on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 21:51 in reply to "RE: best news ever"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

The cash increased from more people and businesses using computers. Their cash flow has long been from Windows and Office which had market locks thanks to the work of Gates. Their cash flow would have increased even if they stuck with XP.

Furthermore their enterprise products all stem from their market locks. You're running Windows anyways so you might as well have your custom software developed for Windows and you might as well use SQL Server since it works easily with VS and you might as well write your web software for ASP.NET since half the code is already in the desktop version and so on and so forth.

Though I despise the Win8/Surface line I think their development tools are top notch and I also like SQL Server but if Apple had the market lock there is no way Microsoft could charge what they currently do for their enterprise products.

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Maybe Ballmer isn't the problem
by thesunnyk on Sat 24th Aug 2013 14:07 in reply to "best news ever"
thesunnyk Member since:
2010-05-21

This is probably going to be a contrarian view, but I really reckon Ballmer wasn't at fault here. I think the idea of convergence -- of a phone, tablet, and PC device as one converged device is not a bad one, and one that Ubuntu is pursuing fairly aggressively. Windows Phone and the new UI also generally receives a lot of praise, as does the Surface Pro, for all its failings. In contrast to everyone else, I think Ballmer had the right vision all along, but he had two problems.

The first was the "technology". I could waffle here about how "the world wasn't ready for the idea of a converged device" like it wasn't ready for the Apple Mac or Newton, but this is OSNews. The fact is, Intel fucked MS over. You and I both know it. They took way too long to get their architecture in gear for MS to have a usable way to have a powerful x86 device with good thermals and battery life. They had a solid go at the Surface Pro, but it was far too little, far too late.

The second is I believe Microsoft itself, which (and I'm guessing) is probably a fiefdom. Everyone is in it to grow their little empire, and to maximise their piece of the pie. Ballmer probably had to contend with Game of Thrones level intrigue on a day-to-day basis just to keep the company going. All the VPs were probably vying for the top job, and so were screwing over each others technology stacks. This is probably why XNA got killed. This is probably why Windows 8 switched to a completely new way of developing apps. Instead of having devices and ecosystems converge and work together, all the lords in MS-land are actively trying to sabotage each other to make their product succeed: Windows phone at the cost of RT, Office at the cost of RT, or XBox at the cost of Windows.

And that brings us to the real reason why MS is flailing: No one trusts them. No one trusts them to converge the devices, even though that's the Ballmer vision. No one trusts them to keep the damn dev APIs consistent, because they've been removing and chopping and changing everything, and no one trusts them to have a coherent ecosystem. Right now, you could have a full MS stack -- PCs, tablets, XBox, and still be better off with an iPhone than a Win Phone, because the XBox head actively wants the Phone head to look bad.

Microsoft has problems. I don't believe those problems are Ballmer. I reckon we're about to see Microsoft enter a freefall rather than a rally. Here's hoping for better though, $pple is the new Micro$oft.

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