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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The "One OS" decision cost them
by benali72 on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 17:09 UTC
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Microsoft's decision to force laptop/desktop users to use a handheld OS in Win 8 was driven by marketing but was technologically unsound. Mr Ballmer's failure to understand this cost him his job. He put the laptop/desktop monopoly at risk for a shot at handheld market share, without results.

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The list is much longer.

Snickered at the iPhone, did nothing but sit on his hands as it gained popularity.

Claimed that no one wanted the iPad after it was a success.

Letting Sinofsky trash Windows and break trust with developers.

Xbone, Xbox 360 RROD, Vista, Zune, Kin, Surface, the list goes on of faulty products he allowed under his watch. He may not have designed them but he is the CEO and has the final say over whether they enter the market or not.

The guy just plain sucks. He only held the job by being the college buddy of Bill Gates.

But Gates isn't in control of the company and shareholders can vote.

The spectacular failure of Surface was plenty of ground for ValueAct, the activist investor company that wanted him out. He would't have been able to survive a shareholder alliance against him. My guess is that ValueAct gave him the chance to retire in a closed door meeting.

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