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Microsoft has issued a press release stating that its CEO, Steve Ballmer, will retire "within the next 12 months", remaining in his position until a suitable successor is found. The precise reasons for Ballmer's departure were not given, though he was quoted as saying:
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.
The stock market reacted positively to the news, with Microsoft's share price opening 8% higher than the previous day's closing.

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Ballmer joined Microsoft in June 1980 and became the company's 35th employee, having been a business manager recruited by Bill Gates, the former chief executive and chairman of the company. Ballmer was named CEO in January 2000, and throughout his tenure was responsible for some key changes in Microsoft as a company, including the shift towards cloud computing, key business acquisitions such as that of Skype in May 2011 and the release of Microsoft's first consumer tablet device, the Surface, back in June 2012.

However, Ballmer's tenure has not been without criticism. Microsoft's share price has remained fairly stagnant under his leadership and the disappointing sales of the Surface have further sprinkled salt into the wound. He was also criticized concerning his remarks about Apple at a press conference back in 2009, where he described the company's products as, "$500 more to get a logo".

Microsoft's Board of Directors has appointed a special committee to direct the process of replacing Ballmer as CEO. The committee, which includes Bill Gates as one of its members, will be working with an executive recruiting firm, Heidrick & Struggles, to find a replacement. The press release also stated that Microsoft, "will consider both external and internal candidates", although no official job announcement has been made as of yet.

Article Link: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire 'Within 12 Months'
 

MattJessop

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But seriously, I think he gets a lot of bad wrap, despite having diversified Microsoft so that they're not reliant upon any one area. Even if the consumer side tanks they're still in a strong position. That said, he has not helped with his constant 'predictions' regarding pretty much every new piece of tech.
 

steveza

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I had the misfortune of working with him once a few years back, happy to see the back of him really.
 

ouimetnick

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I got four words for ya: I LOVE THIS COMPANY YEAH

Glad to see him go. He should apply at a circus. He would make a great clown.
 

bb426

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"Ballmer was named CEO in January 2000..."

Steve Jobs accomplished probably 500 times more in pretty much the same amount of time that Ballmer was CEO.

Ballmer blasting aside, this is Microsoft's chance to finally step in the right rhythm for once. It could be game changing if they hire the right person. But then again, Microsoft seems to always have some sort of cloud over their head...
 

litmag01

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I actually feel a little empathy for the guy. Both him and Cook are humans that were sent to fill the shoes of Titans.

It is a tough row to hoe, but the pay is great.
 

spacehog371

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I think he gets a lot of bad wrap, despite having diversified Microsoft so that they're not reliant upon any one area.

He gets the bad rap for a reason.

About 50% of revenue still comes from Office and Windows. The revenue for Windows is decreasing as they flubbed Windows 8. The consumer revenue for Office also decreased 27% in just the last quarter... and Microsoft is projecting both Windows and Office revenues to keep going down.

Obviously, though, his biggest mistakes were in the mobile arena. Microsoft has all but lost in mobile, and Balmer's complacence cost them tremendously.
 

Rogifan

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"Ballmer was named CEO in January 2000..."

Steve Jobs accomplished probably 500 times more in pretty much the same amount of time that Ballmer was CEO.

Ballmer blasting aside, this is Microsoft's chance to finally step in the right rhythm for once. It could be game changing if they hire the right person. But then again, Microsoft seems to always have some sort of cloud over their head...

Microsoft should spin off Xbox and focus on enterprise and cloud. Their structure now is a mixture of horizontal and vertical. I don't see how getting in to hardware with tablets (and possibly phones) makes sense. Microsoft is a software company. That is what they should be focused on.
 

RoelJuun

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"Ballmer was named CEO in January 2000..."

Steve Jobs accomplished probably 500 times more in pretty much the same amount of time that Ballmer was CEO.

Ballmer blasting aside, this is Microsoft's chance to finally step in the right rhythm for once. It could be game changing if they hire the right person. But then again, Microsoft seems to always have some sort of cloud over their head...

Ballmer consistently made the profits increase and MS is a much broader company than Apple (Server, Azure etc.). Although Ballmer might look like a clown, Jobs didn't accomplished 500 times more. I don't get the random bashing.
 

SandboxGeneral

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To be fair, his comments were more inclusive than that. While he did blast the lack of a keyboard, he also blasted the unsubsidized price which did turn out to not be the best approach, and Apple rectified that with the iPhone 3G.

What I took away from that interview was that, he expected the iPhone to be a flop due to the lack of keyboard, and in his opinion, not designed with business in mind as well as the high price. As we saw, Apple did adjust the price within 6 months or so and it became a hit.

Ballmer, IMO, though it's not his style, should have taken a more conservative, humble approach to the new product and go for a wait and see approach in his commentary and talk about more about what Microsoft was doing and going to do.

I don't care a lot for companies bashing the other guy's stuff in order to make theirs look better. I prefer a company to tell me what their stuff does and why they think it's the best.
 
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