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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months, special committee begins...

By Jos
Aug 23, 2013
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  1. It’s been little over a month since Microsoft announced a company-wide reorganization and now the software giant is getting ready for yet another management shakeup. Its chief executive, Steve Ballmer, has said he will retire within the next 12 months,...

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,828   +1,439

  3. wastedkill

    wastedkill TechSpot Maniac Posts: 1,119   +236

    Its a good thing he is moving out so a better person can take his place to improve microsoft and stop the madness of new products being released without being tested.
  4. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,625   +82

  5. misor

    misor TechSpot Addict Posts: 999   +149

    LOL, I was reading a similar article about Ballmer retiring at another tech site. a user posted that another baldhead should succeed him. since I'm also bald, damn, I have a super minute chance of being chosen out of other nohairs out there. :)
    Julio Franco and cliffordcooley like this.
  6. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75

    The stockholders are happy too. Once he announced his retirement, stocks prices increased by 7%. Hopefully they will choose someone that will take M$ in a good direction this time.
  7. Jos

    Jos TechSpot Staff Topic Starter Posts: 2,067   +63 Staff Member

    Wendig0 Ballmer is also one of Microsoft's biggest stock holders, so that 7% meant he's made around $769 million just by quitting, not to mention whatever he's getting from the company upon his departure. Not bad.
    Julio Franco, misor and Wendig0 like this.
  8. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,073   +75


    Oh I understand that. He's making bank regardless of what he does, there is no question about it.
  9. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,828   +1,439

    Even though no one is worth that amount, sometimes the cost of advancement is high. In this case I think the cost is acceptable, just because he is removing himself from CEO.
    avoidz and wastedkill like this.
  10. Where all those funny ballmer pics come out?, I want him to explain that before he goes.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 2,985   +732

    Come now folks, let's not be nasty. Although he made millions (and we all seem a little... ok, very jealous) it couldn't have always been easy, in fact it must've been downright stressful. Let him enjoy the fruits of his labour.
    P.S. I wonder if he actually uses a Nokia Lumia Windows phone in private or whether he has an iMac stashed under his mattress to use when no one's looking. :)
     
  12. So the Penguin is stepping down. Who's next? The Riddler?
  13. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,334   +382

    Couldn't happen soon enough. You really can't find a single MS success story during his tenure.
  14. Run steve run, before the X-Box180 fiasco blows further. LMAO. He smells the rat.
  15. insect

    insect TechSpot Booster Posts: 197   +49

    Really not one? The XBOX? The Kinect? Windows 7? All failures to you... wow. Also, how about Office? Still the most used word processor, RDBMS, Spreadsheet software in the world - not an easy feat to maintain when open source (free) and Apple solutions are nipping at your heels the whole time.

    Despite the recent failures (which I blame for MS trying to get ahead of itself... touch screens on everything are the future, just not the now), Microsoft is still infinitely successful on several fronts. It's just their most visible fronts to the public not doing so well (phone, Windows), but their business solutions are far and above everyone else including Office, SharePoint, and SQL Server. These are areas Google and Apple can't even break ground into.
    spectrenad and Teko03 like this.
  16. veLa

    veLa TechSpot Booster Posts: 505   +81

    It's about time. This guy has been a total knucklehead as CEO.
  17. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TechSpot Booster Posts: 418   +139

    Don't let the door hit you in the *** on the way out. Maybe there is hope for Windows 9. I guess I can always dream.
  18. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Posts: 6,525   +313

    For years Ballmer hasn't been the CEO Microsoft needed. He did give the company financial strength and was able to stronghold many markets where they were leaders already, but at the cost of slow innovation and losing out many opportunities where they were logical players.

    It's going to be tough for a new CEO to step in and change a huge company that doesn't always move at the pace of the industry anymore. Here's hoping that Microsoft doesn't pull an HP and suddenly decide they don't want to be in the PC market or some other crazy (and stupid) move.
  19. Lurker101

    Lurker101 TechSpot Addict Posts: 630   +122

    Windows 7
  20. TheBigFatClown

    TheBigFatClown TechSpot Booster Posts: 418   +139

    Touch screens on everything are the future? Where did you purchase your crystal ball? The future is here. And it doesn't look so hot to me. Touch screens on portable phones are the here and now. Touch screens on everything is the dumbest statement I ever heard. This is the problem with concepts that lack common sense. Instead of saying something like, "Where would be a good place to put 'touch' capabilities", we have people making blanket statements, like "Touch screens on everything baby yeah, now give me another hit on that doobie". Put the touch screens where they are appropriate, and use common sense when applying technologies to products whether they be software or hardware or anything else.
    Remember, just because you "can" doesn't necessarily mean you "should".
    MrBungle likes this.
  21. Khanonate

    Khanonate TechSpot Member Posts: 92   +7

    Here we are blabbing about Ballmer while he's laughing all the way to the bank!
  22. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,334   +382

    "Really not one? The XBOX? The Kinect? Windows 7? All failures to you... wow. Also, how about Office? Still the most used word processor, RDBMS, Spreadsheet software in the world - not an easy feat to maintain when open source (free) and Apple solutions are nipping at your heels the whole time."

    The Xbox was saddled with "red ring of death" issues. An estimated 54% of Xbox's had to be returned because of that. If Sony hadn't blown it themselves with major PS3 issues, there is a very real possibility the XBox would have been a complete and total failure.

    The Kinect is a toy that was trying to emulate the Nintendo Wii controller. Nothing innovative or magical about that - they were trying to play catch-up to someone else.

    Windows Office? That's a product that was in existence and adopted LONG before he took the reins and there was nothing more going on there than regular upgrades. And that includes the new ribbon menu which a significant amount of people hate.

    Windows 7? I'll give you that....
    wastedkill likes this.
  23. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,494   +304

    Things Ballmer did good on:

    Windows xp,7, Office 2003-2013, Xbox-Xbox 360, Exchange 2003-2010, Server 2003-2008r2, Windows Phone 7+, SBS2008,SBS2011, Internet Explorer 9+, Microsoft Security Essentials.

    Things Ballmer did bad on:

    Windows Vista,8,8.1, Windows Phone 6.5-, Xbox One (mostly fixed now though), Exchange 2013, Server 2012,SBS2003, Windows Media Center, Internet Explorer 0-8, Zune, Surface (Price issues mainly, product not bad). Kinect (It Is Not the Future) & Games for Windows Client.

    Meh, He's done good and bad, I just hope whoever takes over gives users choice again, the beauty of being able to choose a windows 7 style menu on a desktop or laptop PC will be golden for example, I understand what Microsoft was trying to do but they have got to also understand a desktop PC is very different from a tablet or phone.
  24. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 10,594   +864

    Chief executives tend to be "idea parasites", taking the "best" concepts from their underlings. Regardless, Stevie boy acted on too many of the wrong whispers, and he needs to go. The sooner the better.
  25. Everybody can see now the power of Start button


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