Steve Ballmer is leaving identity crisis-hit Microsoft. The software maker's chief announced his intention to retire from MS within the next year. He said: "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time." Whomever the new boss of Microsoft will be, he or she has a big job ahead of them …
Thank F***. Roll on Windows 9!!!!
Windows 9: designed by new CEO Eadon.
Windows 9, get real, he's getting out before they hit the wall. Microsoft are fucked and this just proves it.
Seriously though. Is Eadon on holiday? This forums is well onto two pages now and not a peep.
Didn't you get the memo? He's been nuked by the Vulture Masters. While they did leave what seem to be the evil versions of him, they have been clamping down on the most outright troll posts.
Appalling that he's retiring.
He should have been sacked.
Windows 8.x are abortions.
Metro should be a Windows app, not the other way around.
An abomination before God.
Indeed, and "Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent " says it all really.
Microsoft are fucked and this just proves it.
Well, I partially agree with you.
IMO this just proves that Ballmer lacks any vision what so ever and, as you said, is now bailing ship. But apart from that this doesn't prove anything. Let's also not forget that Ballmer was convinced that Windows Phone 7 and Windows 8 would be huge successes for Microsoft; and look where that got us.
So, although I do share some of your criticism, let's also not forget on which "brilliant" ideas his decision to quit is based on.
I am convinced that if they get a CEO who has a good feeling with the tech that is Microsoft, who knows what's living amongst people (end users, hobbyists, fans and professionals alike) regarding their products and who also dares listening to all those people who take time and effort to share their opinion with a company like Microsoft hoping that it might matter...
If they can get someone like that onboard then I honestly think we might see a huge comeback. They do totally crazy stuff, they're not at all competitive right now, but if there's one thing Microsoft does have it's potential.
"Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent "
Completely understandable it would initially go up. But I suspect the smart money is shorting the stock, or at least holding back their money, on the expectation that a wee glitch has been found in the manufacture of a major product about to be released.
He’s already wrecked the company…
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It's common knowledge the only thing keeping Nokia from not going the sensible Android route, was the Balmer connection.
It's quite likely the Nokia deal will be abandoned, as will Windows Phone, Xbox and all their other failed adventures.
This time next year, if Nokia are still around, they will likely be churning out products that CONSUMERS want, not products that MICROSOFT WANT CONSUMERS TO WANT. (there is a big difference between the two).
Re: "Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent " @ Lazslo Anton Zapotec
No glich in a new product could possibly be a bigger disaster than the various versions W8, on which Ballmer "bet the firm".
You got it wrong, Eadon was kicked out by Ballmer when Ballmer decided to go.
Re: Too late...
@ William Donelson quite frankly I think Gates wrecked the company by leaving the helm to Ballmer because he wanted to become "the big god of innovation" he never was. Microsoft is far from dead though.
"Indeed, and "Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent " says it all really."
Yes..... The investors are pleased to know that he's not likely to be going in the next few weeks, and could even stay as long as up to a year!!! *cough*
About time. Maybe the new guy will start listening to the customer rather than a committee (or should that be ego). Sad to know we'll have no more chair flinging stories...
"Maybe the new guy will start listening to the customer..."
Don't hold your breath. Ballmer has surrounded himself with yes--men and they will decide (in most part) who his successor is. The best days of Microsoft are behind them.
Listen to all the customers or a committee of experts?
Surely listening to customers is just listening to a larger committee?
As Henry Ford said: If I gave my customers what they wanted, I'd be making faster horses.
"As Henry Ford said: If I gave my customers what they wanted, I'd be making faster horses."
Yeah, But Henry Ford didn't try to sell his customers cars with square wheels.
Yeah, But Henry Ford didn't try to sell his customers cars with square wheels.
That's because he had a patent on very rounded corners.
They've run out of chairs?
retirement, retirement, retirement!
Who's the replacement?
"Elop is, Elop is, Elop is."
Re: Who's the replacement?
Elop, Apotheker, Sarah Palin perhaps. interesting times ahead.
>> Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent as this article is published
>> following the announcement.
Meanwhile shares in local chair manufacturers have plummeted like a stone...
There was a right time...
About 10 years ago.
Return of the Start Menu
This will be a
day year long remembered. It has seen the end of Kenobi Sinofsky and it will soon see the end of the Rebellion Ballmer!
"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is far far too late.."
FTFY. The stock price bounce says it all.
Maybe some university somewhere will give him a chair or something? :)
Nah, universities don't have the kind of office furniture budget Microsoft has.
And on his last day...
... balck smoke comes pouring from his mouth as a devil exits his body.
Or I hope so anyway; only logical explanation for someone destroying profits so efficiently.
That's all that needs to be "said".
Ding Dong The Ballmer's Gone
Now let's see if TPM gets dumped as well
That's the way to do it, always leave on a high and with the audience wanting more.
Kicking a man when he's down is shocking.
You wouldn't get me doing that to the creator of the masterpiece than is windows 8.
That said, he could be replaced by she who created the Ribbon. That would make my day.
Does not matter who replaces him. Windows 7 is my last MS OS.
Well, I want to up-vote you in principal, but, there will undoubtedly be a considerable amount of pressure on "the new guy" to deliver a Windows 9 that is what the consumer wants AND the enterprise wants, perhaps a big tickbox in "add remove windows components" called "guff" that can be unticked.
Yeah riiighht. We remember when you said that about 3.11
" perhaps a big tickbox in "add remove windows components" called "guff" that can be unticked."
That's not going to work. The next time the user restarts the computer they'll be greeted with the message;
"Failed to load operating system. Insert system disc and press any key."
1st qualification for the job
Some sort of understanding of technology and how the future is being shaped by it. Under Ballmer MS missed to many boats(internet, phones tablets) while hung on to too many sinking ships(desktop PC's). The guy in charge has to see the markets before they happen not try and muscle in years later
Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent
Thus increasing the value of his retirement fund. Bummer
"Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent as this article is published following the announcement."
Wow! That's some statement about his running of the company.
I would have liked him to run the company further into the ground. Well, we can only hope the next one to take on the role will be equally clueless.
Ming The Merciless
I'd always imagined his retirement would be like the final scenes of Flash Gordon, but with more chairs being thrown.
Re: Ming The Merciless
But Ming always escaped for the next series...
Where do you want to go today?
Out the door, sharpish.
Now if only it was "the right time" for Elop and this place will probably be a much happier place. Hopefully they won't replace Ballmer with some other crazy person.
Thanks, I was trying to think of a suitable replacement
Elop's work at Nokia is almost complete. Time to ship him back to Microsoft.
Re: Thanks, I was trying to think of a suitable replacement
I think the next CEO will just buy Nokia.
Given that HTC are looking to ditch Windows Phone and Samsung are only mildly committed to Windows Phone (more like using it to extract some co-operation from Google) it makes sense.