$900 million in unsold Surface RT devices recently, and if anyone is going to take the fall on that, it would be the head dog of the whole company, Steve Ballmer. The trouble is that the way this is all going down makes that seem far less likely.The rumor sounds reasonable enough when you first hear it, because Microsoft infamously had to write off
Microsoft knew that it had a big restructuring plan on the horizon when the news of the Surface RT failure was first known. If the board was going to push Ballmer out over the Surface RT, it seems like it would have been a good idea to tweak the restructuring in such a way that there would be a clear number two under Ballmer, in order to give that person a better chance to prove themselves in the time before Ballmer steps down. As is, there is no one inside Microsoft who could easily take over, and Microsoft has had to also look outside the company for a new CEO.