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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RE: Comment by shmerl
by ilovebeer on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:25 UTC in reply to "Comment by shmerl"
ilovebeer
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2011-08-08

Microsoft needs to retire after him as well. Time to go.

That's a ridiculous comment to make. It would be crippling were Microsoft to disappear tomorrow. Microsoft is deeply entrenched in government, military, and financial markets.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by demosthenese on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2011-02-01

It would be crippling were Microsoft to disappear tomorrow.

Possibly.

Microsoft is deeply entrenched in government, military, and financial markets.

You're not entirely helping your argument there...

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by shmerl on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:43 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
shmerl Member since:
2010-06-08

Sure, it won't go away overnight. It was a sarcastic remark. Penetration will go down, together with Microsoft losing relevance in the future.

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by Finalzone on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 16:59 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
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2005-07-06

That's a ridiculous comment to make. It would be crippling were Microsoft to disappear tomorrow. Microsoft is deeply entrenched in government, military, and financial markets.


Whoever is ill prepared to achieve a transition from Microsoft in this instance to another company will go down as well and should be fired for mismanagement. London Stock Exchange had that hard lesson, remember?

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RE[2]: Comment by shmerl
by Luke McCarthy on Sat 24th Aug 2013 12:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by shmerl"
Luke McCarthy Member since:
2005-07-06

No doubt if that were to happen a big software company would buy them out and continue to develop Windows and Office (IBM? Oracle?) and probably do a better job of it.

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