Ballmer Fortune Up $625 Million as Microsoft CEO Retires
He made a simple business decision. Microsoft is worth more without him.
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Somehow, for a long time, I have pictured Ballmer holding Gates over a Toilet and threatening him with a swirly if he wasn't given the CEO position.
Don't know why. But he always seemed like the kind of guy who'd do that.
Anyway, Microsoft is a solid blue chip company, they ain't going away anytime soon.
Last edited by OrangeCrate; August 23rd, 2013 at 09:52 PM.
He can afford to retire and he is 57 years old. If he is ready to retire; then, I say why not.
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Our company is still buying Windows 8 machines. When the machines are being prepped for use we just install Classic Start. It's no biggy. Microsoft are a huge company and I'm sure they can weather the issues surrounding Windows 8. No doubt Windows 9 will be a big improvement. Microsoft isn't the only OS distribution that is being mismanaged.
Last edited by John_McCourt; August 24th, 2013 at 12:10 AM.
I hate to see him go as he was entertaining as hell, but he hasn't steered Microsoft in the right direction lately. I think his retirement will be a sigh of relief at HQ. Microsoft hasn't been on the leading edge of technology under his tenure. He cut a lot of promising ideas and technologies just to drive the company into neutral ground.
The more I think about it, the more MS reminds me of the old Soviet Union. Ballmer strikes me as a cross between Nikita Khrushchev and Leonid Brezhnev. I'm not sure how many parts of each. I'm hoping that we get a real reformer in there, a man that the "West" can deal with.
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Microsoft's best days are behind them now. They are still a force to be reckoned with, but they are no longer the omnipotent tech giant that they were 10 years ago before Steve Ballmer took over as CEO. I don't see this ship turning around, but I'm biased toward GNU/Linux. I think that with this Windows 8 platform, it's been their greatest mistake that they've committed. It's so bad that it's laughable. Steven Sinofsky and now Steve Ballmer have been forced out to retire. Don't think otherwise. Ballmer saw the writing on the wall after the first 90 days after Windows 8 launched and he was forced out politely. He messed up big time. So long as Microsoft is committed to Windows 8, they will be a slow sinking ship in due time. I can't tell you how many people are put off by Windows 8 and they've switched to Apple Macintosh PCs. I don't see a lot of them moving to GNU/Linux or Ubuntu either. We're still a small minority in the grand scheme of things. I'd say that Windows 8 is worse than Vista. There are so many people that won't buy a new PC because of Windows 8. Their friends, family members, and colleages at work tell them not to buy Windows 8 and that's their deciding factor. Then, they try it in the stores and they don't like it as much as Windows 7.
Now, the pressure is on for Microsoft to release Windows 9 and it absolutely must be their biggest seller of all time. If they keep to their Windows 8 strategy for Windows 9, then they are doomed. Nobody likes the Modern UI next to the desktop app. It sucks. It's worse than Ubuntu Unity.
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