Here’s what we’ll remember Steve Ballmer for (best and weirdest moments)

Here’s what we’ll remember Steve Ballmer for (best and weirdest moments)
Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has just announced he will retire within 12 months, a time period that the company will use to find the right successor for the CEO position. Ballmer was more than just a chief executive, though. He was an eccentric, a weirdo, an entertainer that will be remembered for much more than just the products he oversaw.

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: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Good bye old man hate to say but we don't miss you.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Finally a right decision by Ballmer. Well done.

7. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Unfortunately, he's still on for twelve months.

13. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

Microsofts choice of leaders has been pretty crappy recently, someone worse will replace him.

26. UrbanPhantom

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 30, 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: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i'm crying now.

24. panjgoori

Posts: 22; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

same goes for Elop. he also should now leave Nokia.

2. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

who cares this guy is retiring best thing for MS.

3. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2280; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Hope someone as good as Gates will be in charge.

4. McJobs

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2012

Good for Microsoft, Good for WindowsPhone, Good for NOKIA

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Great for US.

11. threed61

Posts: 259; Member since: May 27, 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: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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: Aug 20, 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

12. asingha94

Posts: 295; Member since: Apr 08, 2012

that is some reasonable comment!

9. AsisHaas

Posts: 42; Member since: Jul 14, 2013


27. Tsoliades

Posts: 228; Member since: Dec 22, 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.

10. rassouli5 unregistered

I'll miss him!

14. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 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: Jul 22, 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: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

LMAO!! He was an odd dude. . But will be missed

19. robinlim85

Posts: 86; Member since: May 03, 2013

many person who hate him can't do better than him

20. zennacko unregistered

At least I love my Zune HD :(

21. livyatan

Posts: 867; Member since: Jun 19, 2013

"An utterly detestable example of american corporate bloat" You sir, nailed it

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

Posts: 232; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

He was definitely the funniest CEO... but it's probably a good idea to dump him.

28. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 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.

29. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The sweating CEO.

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