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Steve Ballmer to WSJ, “I’m an emblem of an old era.”

0. phoneArena posted on 16 Nov 2013, 11:21

He may have been CEO at Microsoft for “only” 13 years, but he has been in the middle of things at the...

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posted on 16 Nov 2013, 12:57 7

1. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Nobody cares go retire and live the rest of your life in rich privacy.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 19:50 1

12. Dexxter (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)

Nah, I would find it more interesting if he is in the news for having a cocaine overdose and strangling his neighbors......

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 19:56

13. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Microsoft was successful under his belt... Enough said❕

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 03:23

18. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 905; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

If successful meaning worse off than you started than I agree. Incredibly successful.

I just feel sorry for that basketball if he ends up coaching. His strategy is going to be run in circles and ignore that "putting the ball through the hoop fad" until the finals.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 13:06 1

2. keari (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Jul 2013)

I love how he smiles when he screws up

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 13:20 4

3. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


posted on 16 Nov 2013, 15:05 1

7. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I still laugh at that YouTube clip like it was the first time...

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 18:24

11. Finalflash (Posts: 3536; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)

LOL that made my day.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 13:35 2

4. papss (unregistered)

I'll miss him but it is time to go and let someone younger with a new vision to step in.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 15:17 7

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

Props to Ballmer to know when it was time to step down. MS has been his life for a very long time. Before him, Bill had to make a similar decision.

Letting go of the reins of a company that has been so much of your life is the hardest thing to do. Best wishes to Ballmer in whatever he decides to do going forward.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 15:30 1

9. PBXtech (Posts: 1032; Member since: 21 Oct 2013)

Agreed. I'm not a fan of where he's taken MS these past few years but it takes a lot to step down, especially when you're in the middle of essentially retooling most of what your company is doing. While I doubt he'll be looked back upon like Bill Gates is (will be), Ballmer will be fine.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 13:41 6

5. xtroid2k (Posts: 534; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)

Cmon guys. He held an intrugal part at the company for 3 decades and was captain of the ship for almost half that time. Regardless of what happens I feel he definitely could have made better choices but I always beleive that part of be a great leader is knowing when to pass the torch and that he is doing.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 22:33

17. blingblingboy (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

Well, the ship is sinking slowly and he is walking the plank to pay for his mistake. Technology is evolving with the trend and need and quite frankly he is old school with last decade thinking.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 14:41 1

6. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

He's an emblem of a crazy man.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 17:43 1

10. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Well, the guy may be a total suit who lacks any kind of technological vision (he laughed off both the iPhone AND Android) whose temper and petty personality have infiltrated the very fabric of the company, but I have to admit, I admire his ability to look at himself and say "I am not the best person for this job anymore."

Good luck, Steve. I will miss seeing your pictures and immediately feeling the urge to punch you in the face. One word of advice: don't go into sports coaching. You'll have a heart attack and die in your first season.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 21:04

14. spectrums (Posts: 127; Member since: 14 Nov 2013)

failled os "windows phone" make this guy frustated, and make him out from mikrosoft.

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 10:47

15. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

Microsoft is nice, although they should drop Bing and stop mocking iPad (makes M$ look desperate).

posted on 17 Nov 2013, 21:52

16. blingblingboy (Posts: 8; Member since: 07 Aug 2012)

Steve ballmer is an idiot, he act like a little bitch in his interviews. He was involved of the surface table development but the worst mistake was the pricing they release to the market which cost almost a Billion write off. Stop sucking the board's member nuts and go play bingo with your retirement fund.

posted on 19 Nov 2013, 01:28

19. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1584; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I like Ballmer in dealing with windows 8 he made 2 mistake 1= since he knew windows 8 was going to be a big gamble he should have forced the Windows OS team to have a backup desktop only version of windows 8 that would look like and work like windows 7
available for sale six months after windows 8 launched. 2= MS should have launched the "Surface Pro". first.& MS made too many "Surface RT tablets Other than those Mistakes Ballmer did OK because Folks Microsoft main Business is "Enterprise services software ECT. Under Ballmer Microsoft has made PROFITS and is still doing Well in what it does BEST Big Business Enterprise Related Products ECT He leaves the MS CEO JOB with MS making profits in what it does best. I call that a WIN WIN for Mr. Ballmer

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