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Steve Ballmer departs Microsoft’s Board of Directors

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Steve Ballmer departs Microsoft’s Board of Directors
The new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is stepping down from the Board of Directors of Microsoft. In a letter to the Board, Ballmer cited the need to be able to concentrate on the Clippers, as well as “civic contribution, teaching and study.” He is going to be teaching at University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business in the spring of 2015.

All these new activities would not afford Ballmer the time he felt would be needed to stay up-to-date with all the things going on at Microsoft.

He still has a considerable stock holding with Microsoft, he is the largest individual shareholder, and that will not change. Plus, the legacy he left from being the chief executive of the company for 14 years will linger for a long time, even with Satya Nadella heading things up and administering some significant restructuring plans.

Still, Ballmer’s departure from the Board does create a bit of a clean slate, and while he will not be serving the company he worked at for over three decades in any official capacity, he said he would continue to take interest in Microsoft’s future, “I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will. I continue to love discussing the company’s future. I love trying new products and sending feedback. I love reading about what is going on at the company. Count on me to keep ideas and inputs flowing.”

Look for some of his ideas to make their way into the way of life for the LA Clippers, the players and the fans alike, as he settles into his new venture.

source: Los Angeles Times

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posted on 19 Aug 2014, 19:11 1

1. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3539; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


He did a lot,,,,, but NEXT!!!!!!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 19:53 2

2. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Yes, he did a lot after he screwed up Windows Mobile in 2006, which followed hat Windows Vista fiasco; this is a good fit for him as, he needs an outlet for that unwarranted ego of his. My bet is still on The Lakers!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 20:05

3. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5739; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Balmer will be much happier with the Clippers. He gets to be BMoC again, with no one to really answer to. Much more fun than MS was after Bill.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 20:40

4. nokia12 (Posts: 323; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)


then came windows phone , windows 8 and then purchase of Nokia

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:08

8. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 293; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


True, but if MS had taken mobile much more seriously much sooner than it did, WP would likely enjoy a much better position in the market than it has today.

Oh, and Win8 is meh, plus the outcome of the Nokia purchase is far too early to call.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:51

10. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Thank you, Nokia12 is obviously in denial the horror of what is Steve Ball'dness and what he did to MicroSlush. Microsoft would actually rule the smartphone market if it hadn't devolved the way it did.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 21:12 4

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3539; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Well, I dont know the guy personally, but he did seem sorta odd to me... Nevertheless, giving credit where credit is due, He did more good than bad.... The revenue speaks for itself, and whether we like him, or not, MS has continued a upward gain in revenue, and profits the past 20years.... In the end, when people are getting paid, that's what matters to a successful company. And, despite MS not being successful with everything they do, and making some all out stupid decisions from time to time, they are a successful company... I won't even waste my time arguing that... Say what you want to say, but at least give credit where credit is due..
..........
And, don't speak as though any CEO, or corporation, has had a perfect track record the past twenty years.... I'm not trying to hear it.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:53 2

11. PAPINYC (Posts: 2277; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Go on girl!

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 23:57 1

14. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3539; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


You got something intelligent to say?

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 20:42

5. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Ballmer is living proof that angry clowns can indeed become billionaires.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 21:18

7. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3539; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Just think.. That angry clown is more successful than all of us nerds on PA put together... I guess we really don't have room to talk about anyone's accomplishment's... Unless, maybe you've bought a pro ball team yourself.. Have you?

BTW.. What do you do for a living anyways?.. Im not joking,, its a serious question... ??????

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 22:42

9. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


"BTW.. What do you do for a living anyways?.. Im not joking,, its a serious question... ??????"

Why don't you take a guess?

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 23:58

15. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3539; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


Just as I thought.. To scared to awnswer the question...
Knew I shouldn't have wasted my time with you.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 23:09 1

12. GreekGeek (Posts: 766; Member since: 22 Mar 2014)


He had waaaay too many "yes men" around him that's why his flops outnumber his hits by a wide margin.

posted on 19 Aug 2014, 23:33

13. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2962; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Ballmer is a bright guy, but is more of an MBA than a technical visionary. So after Gates left, Microsoft was essentially a ship without a captain.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 00:55

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5739; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


In Balmer's case, MBA stands for mentally below average. Just having a degree does not mean you have the smarts. He was at the right place at the right time (when Bill did all of the heavy lifting of value creation). I can't think of anything Steve did during his tenure as CEO of MS that was successful in-and-of-itself. Office and Windows were pre-existing franchises.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 00:57

17. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5739; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


What were his hits? By 'hits', I am referring to new initiatives that he implemented once he became CEO of MS.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 01:27

18. a_tumiwa (Posts: 262; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


dont say that they want to promote Stelphen Elop to replace ballmer !!!!

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