Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months
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.
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.
Who do you think should become the new chief executive of Microsoft?
1. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
Good Riddance. You will not be missed.
10. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 762; 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.
16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6375; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
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
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
18. buccob (Posts: 1394; 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
52. buccob (Posts: 1394; 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)
-Now more recently... W8 has potential but right now feels very restricted in the way you interact, specially without a touchscreen...
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)
25. vaibhavaggarwal (Posts: 44; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
I can't believe it took microsoft this long to fire that nutjob.........
34. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 429; 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
35. appleDOESNT.com (Posts: 429; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)
Microsoft market cap when Bill Gates retired (year 2000):
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
43. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5722; 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.
45. PAPINYC (Posts: 2272; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)
Yes and I hope Windows Mobile finally turns around?
47. 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
2. Troysyx (Posts: 139; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)
Good! This smug, arrogant pr*ck is destroying the company.
3. JojoGo101 (Posts: 211; Member since: 17 Dec 2012)
He was pretty crazy. I like that.
But not when your CEO.
4. dorianb (Posts: 379; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)
Quitting MicroSoft to go to Nokia I bet??? q(0_o )p
5. thephonedude (Posts: 59; 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~
6. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
I think Bill Gates should become the successor.
17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6375; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
It's sad though he will never be CEO he's concentrating on donations BILL GATES foundation :(
29. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; 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.
7. rassouli5 (Posts: 50; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)
Good news for Apple and Google fans!!!! He was great, I'm going to miss him :(
8. veer.d (Posts: 85; Member since: 12 Jul 2013)
i think elop should retire also, ballmer and elop screwed up nokia and thats enough
14. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5399; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
No. Elop deserves some credit for rescuing Nokia from sinking.
22. veer.d (Posts: 85; 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))
28. noler (Posts: 165; 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.
31. veer.d (Posts: 85; 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
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.
39. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1079; 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
44. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Who wants to fight for a share in less than 4% market share when there's lot to be gain from 80%?
46. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
if you know the word evolution then you would understand that Symbian is going down and Android is going the replace their market share. Nokia saw it and they try to turn the ship by it's own (Meego), but they failed. Now let's just wait for more years to come and see if they can have their crown back.
49. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Ultimately that's it, they need their crown back. In the current state, they'll only get MS' crown should they become dominant again. As much as I'm a Windows and Office user, I'd like to see Nokia develop their own OS and win with it instead.
9. Atlas (Posts: 157; Member since: 15 Apr 2012)
I'm guessing because of the failures that where Windows 8, Xbox One, Surface Tab and most of Microsoft's hardware.
11. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 1810; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)
.....dont be D!@#s guys....he did do something for Windows. ... he will be missed
12. cornerofthemoon (Posts: 505; Member since: 20 Apr 2010)
His mockery of the original iPhone will go down in infamy.
13. Credo (Posts: 693; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)
Let it be mister Elop !!! He knows what consumers want ;-)
15. rms.max (Posts: 74; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)
Julie Larson-Green looks bloody hot at her age. :)
19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Stocks surge after the announcement, sums up what a poor job he's done trying to fill Bill's shoes.
27. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 852; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
He's so bad even Nokia's stock price is rising as we speak hahaha.
30. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Honestly, I was until W8. I've been using Windows since 3.11 but W8 is where they lost me. I'm really hoping W9 will come back to their roots and take names like they used to. New management, let's hope things are bright in the upcoming years.
32. papss (unregistered)
Didn't he head up windows 7 and WP and x360? great products but of course fandroids like to ding anything m$ while keeping scroogle on a pedestal. Did I love the guy? No but he did some things right
36. Bilpocalypse (Posts: 301; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)
I wouldn't mind seeing Steven Sinofsky come back to run MS. Julie Larson-Green, however, wouldn't exactly be the worst choice.
38. slaggyb (Posts: 190; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)
He still has 12months to go.. Announcing retirement when you got additional year to stay it's just weird.
40. ZeroCide (Posts: 687; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
No not really, This will be a transition period where he will probably work with his replacement . Watch who is close to him most of the time because that will probably be his replacement.
41. Sniggly (Posts: 6920; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)
Ah, Steve. In twelve months you will no longer have Microsoft Security to protect you. Then, your face will belong to my fist.
Sleep well, Steve. *evil grin*
42. RagingCalm (Posts: 7; Member since: 22 Jun 2012)
WTF!!! I have been waiting for this annoucement for almost two years and it comes in two days after I sell all my MSFT stock. It'll take a herculean effort to turn this behemoth around and the only guy that could have done it is dead. Balmer moving on is a plus but how does MS capture the imagination of the consumer in this post PC era? I am little bumbed that I couldnt have sold MSFT today but I think my money is better off with TSLA long term.
50. DualVoiceCoil (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Apr 2013)
I think that Joe Belfiore will be an outstanding and an excellent replacement. Joe has demonstrated technical prowess and being head of the WP7 development team, I think we would see future innovations. I think Joe's ability to think outside of the box is what Microsoft needs.
I don't think Steve was a technical, computer savvy person and I think he was only concerned about catering to his wallet and shareholders.
Probably Joe is thinking about a "Surface Phone" or a "Surface Music Player (to replace the Zune HD)?
53. lexingtonsteeley (Posts: 10; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)
This guy never really fit the image of Microsoft I don't know why... Glad he's gone, but either way failure of RT or not , hes still laughing his way to the bank.