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: Comment by ThomasFuhringer
by fmaxwell on Sun 25th Aug 2013 11:53 UTC in reply to "Comment by ThomasFuhringer"
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A visionary? How about an engineer to run a tech company?

That sounds great to me. But that's because I own 400 shares of Apple stock.

So, please don't put a visionary like Steve Jobs in charge of Microsoft.

Let Microsoft continue in its me-too, catch-up role when they fail to anticipate what consumers want. That's worked so well for them with the iPod-killing Zune, iPhone destroying Windows 8 Phone, and their iPad-beating Surface RT tablet, right?

Microsoft's biggest problem is that it continues to be run by engineers.

-- Office has become an incomprehensible, bloated mess because Microsoft is so busy engineering in new features that less than 1/10th of 1% of users want.

-- Windows 8 is a disaster because the Microsoft engineers don't understand why a UI that works on a 24" monitor should be different than one for a phone or a touch-screen tablet.

-- The proliferation of versions of Windows is because Microsoft engineers think that customers will intuitively grasp what the ability, or lack thereof, to join a "Windows domain," have a "Group Policy," or to utilize "BranchCache" means.

-- The Surface RT has a Windows 8 interface that leaves consumers confused when it can't run the Windows applications they already own.

-- The Surface RT and Windows Phones have few apps because the engineers at Microsoft didn't understand economics. Why would developers flock to a newly-introduced platform like the Surface RT when they could develop for the 500 million iOS devices in use? A visionary would have seeded the Microsoft app store by paying leading iOS developers to port their apps to the Surface RT so that they would be ready at launch.

But you've got to love Microsoft's argument that it's Surface tablet, with it's 16:9 1080 HDMI movie screen is a 'serious business tool' but the iPad, with its A4/Letter-like screen proportions is primarily for watching media.

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Everybody considers himself a "visionary".

Microsoft went downhill once the "suits took over" (S. Jobs). Same as Nokia, when all the MBAs started to run the show.

Engineers can actually be quite good managers, not only at tech companies. There are lots of examples.

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