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Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months

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Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire in the next 12 months after some 13 years heading the company that makes Windows and Office. 

Microsoft was co-founded by Bill Gates back in 1976 and Gates is still the name most commonly associated with the company, but the billionaire is now mostly engaged with humanitarian activity and names Ballmer for his successor in 2000.

Now, Ballmer has announced his decision to retire within 12 months, a time that the company will spend looking for a worthy successor. Microsoft stock has surged on the news.

“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.”


Known for his eccentricity, Ballmer will be remembered for managing Microsoft throughout ups and downs - from the Windows Vista fiasco to the fix with Windows 7, then again to the underwhelming Windows 8. The chief executive laughed off the iPhone when it first launched and the company largely missed the mobile revolution and is now struggling to find relevance with its Windows Phone operating system. On the flipside of things, under Ballmer, the pillars of Microsoft grew even stronger as the enterprise became huge reliant on Office and Windows, with Office bringing huge amounts of profits and covering for multi-million dollar failures like the Surface RT tablet.

Just a few months ago Microsoft unveiled a huge leadership change. After Windows head Steven Sinofsky left the company more than half a year ago, Julie Larson-Green seems the most apparent candidate to replace Ballmer at the lead as she recently grew in ranks to head the Windows division. Windows Phone head Joe Belfiore seems like another possible candidate.

Who do you think should become the new chief executive of Microsoft?

source: Microsoft

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:24 29

1. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Good Riddance. You will not be missed.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:40 6

10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 1484; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Yup i also didn't like him. Don't know why may be because of his rude talking and his looks kinda creepy.
but i like bill gate but that not going to happen.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:49 3

16. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


he really FCK UP THE company. and i was SOO GLAD when i hear the news after watching this on CNN. so long no one cares bout you BALLMER

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 11:48 1

48. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


We all gonna miss him. Even if we joke with him now.
Great guy. Great CEO

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:55 3

18. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


There is no legacy in its time as CEO... so yeah, I hope the next one actually improves the company

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 03:35

51. rabih_z (Posts: 45; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


really!!!!
MS office & Xbox....

posted on 27 Aug 2013, 08:21

52. buccob (Posts: 2578; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


2 wins out of how many fiascos?

-Microsoft missed the mp3 player race... for being late among other things....
-Then came smartphone failures... Kin anyone? (back when BB where populars)
-Windows Vista...
-Now more recently... W8 has potential but right now feels very restricted in the way you interact, specially without a touchscreen...
-Tablets... (RT)
-Xbox One

Common, Microsoft could making more efforts innovating and being followed... but ever since this guy came along, they are the ones following everybody elses ideas... (with the 2 exceptions you mentioned)

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:14 1

23. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Best news yet for MS!

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:16 3

25. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)


I can't believe it took microsoft this long to fire that nutjob.........

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:42 1

34. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Xbox is their shining moment since uncle Willy retired but this guy, wow... ummm... he let Apple run absolutely wild on his watch. If it weren't for Google we all would be eating fruit right now. Geez Balmer, you really stunk up the joint

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:53 4

35. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


Microsoft market cap when Bill Gates retired (year 2000):

2000: 586,197
2006: 293,537
2013: 239,602.3

Bill Gates is simply not replaceable, as I said before, Gates and Jobs are one of a kinders, geniuses, legends. Apple will soon face a similar fate with the loss of Steve Jobs

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 14:07 2

43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


"Apple will soon face a similar fate with the loss of Steve Jobs"

What do you mean by 'soon'? Their market cap has already dropped.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 20:54

45. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes and I hope Windows Mobile finally turns around?

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 11:46

47. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Wrong.
We all gonna miss him. Even if we joke with him now.
Great guy. Great CEO

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:28 15

2. Troysyx (Posts: 179; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Good! This smug, arrogant pr*ck is destroying the company.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:29 2

3. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)


He was pretty crazy. I like that.
But not when your CEO.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:31

4. dorianb (Posts: 600; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Quitting MicroSoft to go to Nokia I bet??? q(0_o )p

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:32 2

5. thephonedude (Posts: 60; Member since: 27 Oct 2012)


Good he's gone. I'll never forget.... the way how he insulted other Mobile OSes, nameingly Android, iOS and even BB OS. Good bye and have a nice day~

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:32 16

6. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I think Bill Gates should become the successor.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:49 4

17. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


It's sad though he will never be CEO he's concentrating on donations BILL GATES foundation :(

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:35 9

29. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 889; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


What Bill Gates has been accomplishing through his foundation are more important than running Microsoft and we should all applaud him for that.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:38

7. rassouli5 (Posts: 51; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


Good news for Apple and Google fans!!!! He was great, I'm going to miss him :(

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:16 4

24. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


your profile picture says a lot.....

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:40 11

8. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


i think elop should retire also, ballmer and elop screwed up nokia and thats enough

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 08:44 11

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


No. Elop deserves some credit for rescuing Nokia from sinking.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:09 6

22. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


what u r talking dude!!!!
he just ruin the nokia
for example china is world largest smartphone market where symbian on the top and......
elop abandon the symbian
its causes the sudden shift of consumer & developers towards android and give an edge to samsung and other ANDROID OEMS
he also abandon meego and I think no platform is as good as meego in their first iteration.
he needs to revamp symbian and develop meego side by side also he have a partner like intel which can boost meego
BUT HE recieving M$ under the table from MSFT and AT&T(nokia L620 available on at& t for just 100$(gsmarena))

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:29 1

28. noler (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Symbian is dead, no one likes Symbian and no one wants to buy Symbian phone(I was Symbian user)!
Symbian is dead, BB7 is dead, Bada is dead.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 09:59 1

31. veer.d (Posts: 88; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)


then why android and iOS copying symbian
and everybody knows symbian is dead but people still like it as symbian outselling WP8 till Q4 2012

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 10:14 1

33. papss (unregistered)


Everybody copies good ideas.. Hell they all copied wm on some level but that doesn't mean that wm should still be running.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 12:03 1

39. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1556; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Elop did not ruin Nokia He set out to make Nokia Windows smart phones the BEST AND HE DID. HE beat Samsung,
HTC, LG, and the rest of the Windows smart phone OEM's and the best Nokia Windows smart phones are coming out later this year. I agree Nokia could and should make at least 2 good Android smart Phones to bring in some extra cash but they can do that in the future if they wish to

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