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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Call it Quits within 12 Months

Posted on August 23, 2013 5:05 PM by Rob Williams
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With profits and product-lines struggling, I guess the time is right for Steve Ballmer to consider retirement. In a press release issued earlier today, it was announced that Steve would be transitioning out of his role as Microsoft CEO within the next 12 months, with a search now being kicked-off to find a replacement. It’s hard to imagine who might fill Steve’s boots, but fortunately, 12 months is quite a lot of time to make the right choice.

Steve Ballmer

This announcement comes just a couple of months after Steve issued a rather lengthy email about a company reorganization and a renewed focus on the company’s products and future. Whether Steve had decided on his retirement at this point, we’re not sure, but given the company’s recent struggles, I do believe that email came at the right time.

There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. 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.” – Steve Ballmer

It goes without saying, but: The next 12 months are going to be extremely interesting for Microsoft.


  • http://techgage.com/ Marfig

    Finally! Finally, but only after having steered this ship further and further away from shore, looking for some promised land only he could imagine and that never materialized.

    Microsoft today is a uninteresting company to invest on, and even to work at, with many of its best employees preferring to leave, while many unemployed preferring to apply elsewhere. Stock has crystallized, mostly because Microsoft was unable to fit into the innovative boom that has been characterizing the industry in the past 10 years. There were some marginal successes along the way. XBox early launches seemed highly promising and the gaming division for some time seemed like it could become the highest revenue division in the company. The servers business remains powerful, and he did manage to maintain the Office division on top of the game. But the company was completely incapable of meeting the tablet/smartphone revolution, which they never fully understood, managed to piss off a large portion of its developers base with an inconsistent roadmap that forced many programmers to learn and relearn new technologies as they would be introduced and quickly removed, and turned the OS division into a confusing epileptic mess of products that could never grab the heart of its customers at large.

    When a CEO leaves we usually observe one of two things: Either the new CEO takes the torch and carries on, or the new CEO restructures and steers the company in a new direction. I just hope that we end up witnessing the latter.

    • e550mercedes

      Your comment is perfectly backed up by the New York Times article below, and yes, not only should Steve Ballmer go, he should have gone years ago:

      http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/08/23/apple-and-microsoft-then-and-now/?_r=0

    • http://techgage.com/ Rob Williams

      “Either the new CEO takes the torch and carries on, or the new CEO restructures and steers the company in a new direction.”

      Couldn’t agree more.

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