Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Aug 2013 13:12 UTC
Microsoft

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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Treza
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2006-01-11

To be clear, I am not _advocating_ anything. Both my personal PCs run Linux. I only tolerate Windows in a virtual machine.

In a way, I have the impression that some efforts that Microsoft exercised to prevent piracy have helped making upgrading the OS complex for users. Obviously, their plan is to allow upgrades through application stores in a controlled environment...

Windows architecture made restarting from scratch every 3 years something desirable for home users. They buy a Windows re-install which includes a PC. Driver support has always be terrible for users anyway, so new PCs come with new OSes and new OSes are only compatible with new PCs.

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fmaxwell Member since:
2005-11-13

To be clear, I am not _advocating_ anything. Both my personal PCs run Linux. I only tolerate Windows in a virtual machine.

I have a couple of Linux systems as well as two Macs. And, like you, I only run Windows as a virtual system (under parallels). Well, there is my Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition that I use for my server (web, e-mail, FTP, etc.) -- the e-mail server I use is Windows-only and it has some features that I've come to rely on.

In a way, I have the impression that some efforts that Microsoft exercised to prevent piracy have helped making upgrading the OS complex for users.

Also agreed.

Windows architecture made restarting from scratch every 3 years something desirable for home users. They buy a Windows re-install which includes a PC.

I think it's desirable for Microsoft, Dell, Acer, HP, Toshiba, Sony, etc. MIcrosoft makes money selling the OS to the hardware vendors and they make their money selling PCs. It's a symbiotic relationship -- I just can't figure out which party is the parasite.

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