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[6]: Comment by shmerl
by shotsman on Sat 24th Aug 2013 05:42 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by shmerl"
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just mention MSMQ and poison messages to my team and see what the reaction is.

MSMQ - Developers Dream, management nightmare

Just about sums up MS products in general IMHO.

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RE[7]: Comment by shmerl
by lucas_maximus on Sat 24th Aug 2013 08:06 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by shmerl"
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I've been told by the guys that work on the data warehouse there are some Microsoft tech that should be a lot simpler than they are for sure.

I think the ASP.NET stack has a very different set of people working on it.

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RE[8]: Comment by shmerl
by Nelson on Sat 24th Aug 2013 22:27 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by shmerl"
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MSMQ is just neglected, its last real update was in the Vista era.

Ever since Azure got AMQP support in Service Bus its been the new shiny for Microsoft. Different sets of guarantees and trade offs, but it checks a lot of the tickboxes a lot of enterprises need. MSMQ was in a way overkill for a lot of the use cases.

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