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[3]: Steve ballmer
by aligatro on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 20:42 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Steve ballmer"
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He obviously isn't an idiot if Bill Gates kept him around.

He was obviously acting up for the commercial.

Though it wasn't a bad commercial, he told me some of what it can do, how much it costs and where you can get it from. It better than the inspiration bollox I see on the TV these days.

He kept him around because he is a close friend. Wouldn't you do the same for your friends?

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RE[4]: Steve ballmer
by lucas_maximus on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 21:27 in reply to "RE[3]: Steve ballmer"
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There is nothing wrong with helping your friends ... but carrying them is another thing.

Bill Gates didn't carry anyone.

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RE[5]: Steve ballmer
by acobar on Sat 24th Aug 2013 00:22 in reply to "RE[4]: Steve ballmer"
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Bill Gates didn't carry anyone.

And how do you possible know that? Could you care to explain? I am all ears.

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