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[4]: brace yourselves
by Nelson on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 21:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: brace yourselves"
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"in all likelihood"

You see where you're guessing again?

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RE[5]: brace yourselves
by ze_jerkface on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 21:27 in reply to "RE[4]: brace yourselves"
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It's called making a prediction based on knowledge which is a central aspect of Western thought. Take it up with the Greeks if you don't like it.

I realize you have tough times ahead now that the dumbass in charge is leaving. The next CEO might state the obvious which is that the Sinofsky line of products were just plain dumb and scuttle them.

Be sure to tell your Grandkids that you helped defend a failed corporate product line in your free time.

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RE[6]: brace yourselves
by Nelson on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 23:18 in reply to "RE[5]: brace yourselves"
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And its fine to predict, but that's where the armchair CEO bit comes from.

You're drawing a conclusion based off of incomplete information and using it to further your point, when in reality, there are often much more complex mechanics at work than is visible to those outside of the company.

To you your reasoning might seem sound, but that's only because its predicated on truisms and generalizations (a majority of developers hating Windows 8 for example, something which when I pressed you to prove you reneged).

So you might enjoy your facts lite, and even dare to call the bullshit you spout off on a daily basis analysis, but I think its otherwise known as armchair CEOing.

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