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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A sad day...
by _QJ_ on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 14:35 UTC
_QJ_
Member since:
2009-03-12

... For the entire Open-Source universe.

Who will sink the M$ ship now !?! ;-)

Frankly, I will remember him as an aggressive CEO, who used the FUD, and dance like a monkey at show events. That's it. No more no less.

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RE: A sad day...
by BallmerKnowsBest on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:23 in reply to "A sad day..."
BallmerKnowsBest Member since:
2008-06-02

... For the entire Open-Source universe.

Who will sink the M$ ship now !?! ;-)


And the mere mention of his name was the most sure-fire, effortless way to troll both GNU/Freetards AND iFanboys at once - who will fill that role now?

A sad day, guess it's time to change my username to "EatSchmidt"...

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RE: A sad day...
by Kivada on Sat 24th Aug 2013 01:34 in reply to "A sad day..."
Kivada Member since:
2010-07-07

... For the entire Open-Source universe.

Who will sink the M$ ship now !?! ;-)

Frankly, I will remember him as an aggressive CEO, who used the FUD, and dance like a monkey at show events. That's it. No more no less.


And I remember him as a sweaty, cocaine addicted used car salesman as per his ad for Windows 1.0 and the monkey developers video.

Nothing about him was good, which is why it's bad that he's leaving, we need someone even more inept then him to run Microsoft into the ground.

Now all the Microsoft fanbois will get mad because they don't see that Microsoft's failure is better for humanity on the whole since it opens several voids that must be filled by other players, some of them old companies that we would prefer not to see anymore of like Oracle but likely also some new players that don't even exist yet.

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