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    Default Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Leave the Company


    Microsoft has just announced that CEO Steve Ballmer has decided to retire from his position as the helm of the company, with a new head of the company to be announced in the next 12 months.


    Ballmer will thus remain CEO for one more year, as the company continues the transition to a devices and services firm, the tech giant said in a press statement.

    “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said.

    “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

    No reason has been provided until now, but word is that some members of the board, as well as new shareholder ValueAct,aren’t quite satisfied with Ballmer’s new vision.

    The tech giant has created what it calls “a special committee” to take care of the transition to a new CEO. John Thompson, the board’s lead independent director, will be in charge of the new group, which also includes Chairman of the Board Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and Chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo.

    At the same time, the newly-founded committee will work with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., with the company said to consider both external and internal candidates.

    Bill Gates already issued a statement on Ballmer’s resignation, without commenting on the possibility of returning at the helm of the company.

    “As a member of the succession planning committee, I’ll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO,” said Gates. “We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.”

    Thomson, on the other hand, explains that Microsoft is already prepared to complete the transition to a devices and services approach, so the new CEO would have to fully embrace this concept.

    “The board is committed to the effective transformation of Microsoft to a successful devices and services company,” Thompson said. “As this work continues, we are focused on selecting a new CEO to work with the company’s senior leadership team to chart the company’s course and execute on it in a highly competitive industry.”

    So, who’s next? you may ask. It’s hard to tell, but it could all come down to two different names: Bill Gates or Julie-Larson Green, the one who’s been in charge of the Windows division until the Ballmer announced the company’s internal reorganization.

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    Buy nokia. Put Elop in charge of MS.
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    End of Nokia it is then

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    go home Balmer , u r drunk

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    Very good news. This guy has no vision and has severe attitude problem, Microsoft chairman should work as CEO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr View Post
    Very good news. This guy has no vision and has severe attitude problem, Microsoft chairman should work as CEO.
    lol. What do you know about his achievements that you are saying this? backup your baseless claims.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    lol. What do you know about his achievements that you are saying this? backup your baseless claims.
    I don't need to back it up! Why don't you google, study a little and watch some videos on youtube. Heres a link if you are too lazy to do so...


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    Midnight jhogra jhati korar theke direct practical kothay ashi, microsoft akashe ure gelo na panite vaisha galo naki 2vag e bivokto hoilo tate amader kisui ashe jay nah :/

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    Quote Originally Posted by gnr View Post
    I don't need to back it up! Why don't you google, study a little and watch some videos on youtube. Heres a link if you are too lazy to do so...

    So he is being "crazy" at stage equals "no vision" and "attitude problems." Learnt something new today.

    Anyone who describes outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's tenure as a "failure" is wrong. An annualized growth rate of 16 percent in a large, established company, selling into mature markets, is nothing to scoff at. Revenue tripled under his leadership; profits doubled. That's some failure.
    You should probably study a little.
    http://arstechnica.com/information-t...-doesnt-exist/
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    Quote Originally Posted by CvP View Post
    So he is being "crazy" at stage equals "no vision" and "attitude problems." Learnt something new today.

    You should probably study a little.
    http://arstechnica.com/information-t...-doesnt-exist/
    My Friend you must haven't studied their industry ... I personally studied about this tech industry for my academic and personal interest. You must know that he is actually fired by the shareholders of the company - Reference? read the very first post ... as it clearly stated
    new shareholder ValueAct,aren’t quite satisfied with Ballmer’s new vision
    .
    Anyway ... Have you read the article you posted? Copied from your mentioned article:
    Ballmer has a mathematics degree from Harvard, and his Microsoft career was largely spent in sales and management positions. He didn't position himself as a tech visionary, and as befits a man with a sales background, he believed in the company's products to a fault.
    If Microsoft were a company like IBM, his time as CEO would be nothing short of a triumph. But it isn't a company like IBM. As Ballmer recognized in this interview with Mary Jo Foley, the consumer space and enterprise space are connected and become more so. Microsoft needs to be strong in the consumer space to remain strong in the enterprise.
    If Ballmer was not to be this visionary, ready and able to reshape Microsoft's broader vision and ambitions and turn it into compelling, class-defining products the way Apple did, then he needed to appoint someone to this role and entrust them with the latitude and influence to drive Microsoft's consumer-facing products accordingly.
    But he didn't. Moreover, as he told Ars in 2010, he didn't think he needed to.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technolog...-continue.html
    Tim Cook, Apple's chief executive, confounded sceptics and announced a 94 per cent increase
    in profits
    your 16% growth vs its competitor's 94% growth... I could actually add a lot more as I am closely observing this industry for many years ... but I am in a real hurry ... will continue ... here's a video for you ... hope you will get why visionary is so crucial in technological sector for survival ...


    Now iPhone's iOS accounts for 23% of the market whereas MS Windows Mobile accounts for less than 4% of the market.
    Likewise, recently MS released tablet called "MS Surface", whereas google andriod (nexus, kindle fire, our symphony tablet, etc) and apple ipad are already dominating the market for 4-5 years now.
    Quote Originally Posted by sensei View Post
    Midnight jhogra jhati korar theke direct practical kothay ashi, microsoft akashe ure gelo na panite vaisha galo naki 2vag e bivokto hoilo tate amader kisui ashe jay nah :/
    khub e thik ... ghorer kheye boner mosh taranor moto obostha!
    Last edited by gnr; August 27th, 2013 at 03:23.

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