Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months

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.



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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53 Comments

1. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Good Riddance. You will not be missed.

10. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 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 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

48. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

18. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

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

51. rabih_z

Posts: 45; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

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

52. buccob

Posts: 2980; Member since: Jun 19, 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)

23. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Best news yet for MS!

25. vaibhavaggarwal

Posts: 44; Member since: Jul 05, 2013

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

34. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 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

43. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 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: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yes and I hope Windows Mobile finally turns around?

47. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

2. Troysyx

Posts: 181; Member since: Jul 30, 2012

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

3. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

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

4. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

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

5. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 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

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

I think Bill Gates should become the successor.

17. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

29. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 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 unregistered

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

24. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

your profile picture says a lot.....

8. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

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

14. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

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

22. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 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: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 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: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 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: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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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