Here’s what we’ll remember Steve Ballmer for (best and weirdest moments)
Speaking of products, Ballmer’s legacy is mixed and many will certainly see his retirement as an opportunity for Microsoft to step out of the shell it built for itself as a “Windows, Office and PC” company. Under Ballmer, Microsoft launched many failed products - from Windows Vista to the Zune, and most recently the Surface tablets.
Yet, Microsoft remained financially stable. Microsoft stock is up 7% on news of Ballmer’s retirement, but throughout the years it remained relatively stable at around $30. We should also mention that all of this happened as stock of Microsoft rivals Apple and Google shot through the roof, and both now have a larger market cap than the once biggest tech company Microsoft.
These are all things that you’d remember Microsoft for, but we’ll mostly remember other things about Ballmer. We’ll remember him laughing off the iPhone as irrelevant, we’ll remember an eccentric sweaty executive jumping and shouting on stage, “developers, developers, developers.” Such bizarre moments were a regular part of Ballmer’s 13 years as head of Microsoft, and you can take a look at it all in the video right below.
What will you remember Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer for?
1. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Good bye old man hate to say but we don't miss you.
5. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 547; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)
Finally a right decision by Ballmer. Well done.
7. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 842; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Unfortunately, he's still on for twelve months.
13. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)
Microsofts choice of leaders has been pretty crappy recently, someone worse will replace him.
26. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 947; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Ballmer's resignation is essential to achieve the marginalization of both Apple and Google. It will take a far more visionary and gifted leader to allow Microsoft to smash it's biggest enemies. One cannot wage war effectively unless the troops have absolute confidence in their leader. This change will be good for consumers too, the likes of which will reap the benefits of increased competition...
16. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3515; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)
I think he wasn't the best but HE did do more good than bad. We need to give credit where it's do. Microsoft could have done much, much worse.
At least he was entertaining. lol
24. panjgoori (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)
same goes for Elop. he also should now leave Nokia.
2. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5645; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
who cares this guy is retiring best thing for MS.
3. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 842; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)
Hope someone as good as Gates will be in charge.
4. McJobs (Posts: 106; Member since: 08 Jul 2012)
Good for Microsoft, Good for WindowsPhone, Good for NOKIA
11. threed61 (Posts: 116; Member since: 27 May 2011)
Probably bad for Windows Phone, good for the large investors pushing to dump consumer products (WP and tablets), and become strictly an enterprise company.
22. 7thspaceman (Posts: 900; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
Some Expert's say Microsoft has to diversify to stay alive and continue to make some devices becsuse the desktop PC/Laptop
market has slowed down because of the advent of tablet computers.
Microsoft in Windows 9 will I think will separate the desktop and tablet interface that are married in windows 8 or 8.1 to create a desktop only Mouse and keyboard Windows 7 like OS and a touch screen interface like Windows 8.1 for all touchscreen enabled devices. This will give Microsoft OS users choices they do not have in Windows 8 or 8.1. Windows RT will still be present but used as an OS for e-book readers. Educational text book readers, and WEB based Entertainment tablets.
8. wicpromd (Posts: 266; Member since: 20 Aug 2013)
so now i will happily accept Windows Phone even if it does not have apps and games or whatever
Ballmer u were the main reason behind this....
try to LEARN SOME RESPECT ballmer
27. Tsoliades (Posts: 185; Member since: 22 Dec 2012)
I think he did well. I love Windows 8 and it really isn't as bad as the majority made it out to be.
14. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Cheer leading lunatic that never really was in touch with reality. He was right on one thing though, the iPhone was priced too high. Unfortunately for us, Apple raised that bar, everyone bought into it, and now all our phones are overpriced.
15. drdwr (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)
There is something very wrong with a company's board when they kept a fool like Ballmer for such a long time. No vision. No innovation. Just an utterly detestable example of American corporate bloat. He must know where a lot of bodies are buried to have clung on this long.
If in 20 years' time, Microsoft has gone the way of Blackberry, we can look back to him and Sinofsky and know exactly when it all went wrong.
17. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1433; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
LMAO!! He was an odd dude. . But will be missed
19. robinlim85 (Posts: 85; Member since: 03 May 2013)
many person who hate him can't do better than him
21. livyatan (Posts: 560; Member since: 19 Jun 2013)
"An utterly detestable example of american corporate bloat"
You sir, nailed it
23. 7thspaceman (Posts: 900; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)
I do not like all these comments that put Ballmer Down. Whether he was a good or bad CEO of Microsoft he gave it his best shot. lets wish him a Happy retirement He will probably become a member of Microsoft's board because he has made a lot of contacts with people in the industry and knows them on a business and personal basis.
25. softfurryanus (banned) (Posts: 232; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
He was definitely the funniest CEO... but it's probably a good idea to dump him.
28. AfterShock (Posts: 1285; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)
Cooler heads have been needed at ms for some time.
Ballmer had fire but no real connection to modern mobile.
I didn't like his outbursts and felt he was struggling at best.
Now the sleeping giant may wake up.