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Ballmer To Retire

Soulskill posted about a year ago | from the flying-chair-alert-level-green dept.

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Today Microsoft announced that CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring within the next 12 months. He said, "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. ... 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." Ballmer, 57, has been Microsoft's CEO since taking over the role from Bill Gates in January, 2000. The company's board of directors has formed a committee to find a replacement for Ballmer, and he will continue his duties until a new CEO is found. Questions about Ballmer's fitness to remain CEO have been circulating for the past several years, particularly after the company struggled to get a foothold in the mobile market. It will be interesting to see how this affects Microsoft's stock price. Upon retirement, Ballmer will be able to cash out hundreds of millions of dollars worth of Microsoft stock.

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In the next 12 months... (5, Funny)

ackthpt (218170) | about a year ago | (#44653557)

He can't even retire properly, should have done so years ago.

Chairs just won't fly around the same without him

Re:In the next 12 months... (5, Funny)

Stuarticus (1205322) | about a year ago | (#44653571)

I hear that Dell are organising a 21 chair salute.

That should be a +6 (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654011)

That's the first non-lame chair joke I heard in a long time.

Chairing him from the rafters (0)

maroberts (15852) | about a year ago | (#44653913)

Chairs all round
Lets give him 3 chairs ....

Disagree (5, Insightful)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year ago | (#44654131)

This is bad news, having Ballmer in charge of MS is a good thing as he was slowly mismanaging the company into the ground. A successor could be more competent.

Re:In the next 12 months... (5, Funny)

NeoTron (6020) | about a year ago | (#44654187)

The next guy will throw developers at chairs.

Good news for stockholders (5, Funny)

neurovish (315867) | about a year ago | (#44653565)

...in response, Microsoft's stock jumps up 10%

Re:Good news for stockholders (5, Informative)

halfEvilTech (1171369) | about a year ago | (#44653573)

Actually opened $2.78 up or about 8.7% so yea basically

Re:Good news for stockholders (1)

neurovish (315867) | about a year ago | (#44653585)

....I swear I didn't look up the stock quote before posting. Microsoft is really up 8.5% right now.

Re:Good news for stockholders (5, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44653817)

....I swear I didn't look up the stock quote before posting. Microsoft is really up 8.5% right now.

Good guess, but I think you mostly mirrored what a lot of people think -- that clearly Ballmer hasn't fully understood the market in some places, and that Microsoft has had some misses lately.

Those are the kinds of things that, while not personally responsible for every detail, Ballmer as CEO gets to 'own' and take the blame for.

Microsoft may or may not fare better without Ballmer, but if the market watchers are looking at things which could bring Microsoft out of these doldrums, then the perception that his departure could change is bound to lift the stock.

Of course, this being the stock market, everybody is going to be buying and selling now based on what they think will be happening in 12 months or more from now -- and in 12 months, they'll be doing it based on something totally unrelated to this.

I will be interested to see if the next CEO is so arrogantly out of touch with what people want, or will continue with the standard party line of "we can do no wrong and people really want these things" even when nobody is buying them.

Re:Good news for stockholders (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654083)

Not a joke... up 6.7%

Re:Good news for stockholders (4, Insightful)

jellomizer (103300) | about a year ago | (#44654155)

That and NASDAQ was down yesterday due to a computer glitch. Chances are investors are doing double time to get back.

Ballmer leaving. (4, Funny)

nlinecomputers (602059) | about a year ago | (#44653569)

I'm so happy I could throw a chair!

Re:Ballmer leaving. (4, Funny)

kthreadd (1558445) | about a year ago | (#44653787)

Is that you Steven Sinofsky?

Re:Ballmer leaving. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653977)

No, John Metzger [nytimes.com]

Re:Ballmer leaving. (1)

interval1066 (668936) | about a year ago | (#44653793)

Well, lets see if this will change anything. If history is any hint and Ballmer has his say he'll appoint a college-days crony. If they're smart they'll hire some one from Facebook, Twitter, some one from new media.

Re:Ballmer leaving. (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654071)

Well, lets see if this will change anything. If history is any hint and Ballmer has his say he'll appoint a college-days crony. If they're smart they'll hire some one from Facebook, Twitter, some one from new media.

I can help clear that up, having done my due diligence in reading the summary. It will be the board of directors who hires Ballmer's replacement, not Ballmer himself. So it appears Ballmer doesn't get a say in this.

Re: Ballmer leaving. (1)

hAckz0r (989977) | about a year ago | (#44654233)

The untold story is that Balmer probably doesn't even get a say in his retirement plans, much less influincing the decision over his replacement. While I can't say this as fact, but the writing has been on the wall for ages and the stock owners have been generally unhappy with him.

Re:Ballmer leaving. (1)

RMingin (985478) | about a year ago | (#44654281)

That's hilarious, that you think that would be a problem. Current corporate America is cronyism all the way down, Ballmer probably made lots of deals before announcing his retirement. For an unloved CEO, making deals to appoint your successor tied to your stepping down at the time and in the manner preferred by the board is not unusual. While Ballmer cannot simply name a successor and have it done, he can certainly steer the board and make deals to get the result he wants.

Stock price... (1)

Dins (2538550) | about a year ago | (#44653583)

It will be interesting to see how this affects Microsoft's stock price

I would think it would have a positive affect on stock price...

Re:Stock price... (2)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#44653997)

+7.12%.

Ballmer leaving is worth billions!

Replacing the dead wood (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653587)

They should hire Steve, he'd be about as useful at this point.

There is never a perfect time ... (2)

DaveyJJ (1198633) | about a year ago | (#44653599)

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition ..." Yes there is. Too bad it was five years ago.

Hurray for Microsoft (5, Insightful)

GrBear (63712) | about a year ago | (#44653605)

This may be the best thing that's happened to Microsoft in a long time. Perhaps they will get their clarity back again. I can't help but wonder if there's a deeper story here though, like his abysmal performance causing a backlash to force him out 'gracefully'.

Re:Hurray for Microsoft (3, Insightful)

spd_rcr (537511) | about a year ago | (#44653885)

Best news I've heard from a local employer in years !
Now to see if it's not too late to save the company after he's driven off so many of their top, talented people.

Re:Hurray for Microsoft (1)

fermion (181285) | about a year ago | (#44653981)

Vista was more of a failure than ME. Surface RT has had to be placed in the remainder bin at fire sale prices, and even at the lower prices still needs massive advertising. MS has been in the smartphone biz as long as anyone and still cannot get a popular phone. The seemed to have lost of the xBox momentum by trying to leverage it produce increased profits. Sony made this mistake by trying to leverage playstation popularity to sell Blu ray, a strategy that worked but arguably hurt sales by increasing the price of the unit.

Windows 8 has not been able to establish a value for business buying computers for worker drones, the core market.

Re:Hurray for Microsoft (1)

PolygamousRanchKid (1290638) | about a year ago | (#44654229)

Well, I feel the best for Microsoft employees. I don't know any personally, but I can't image that it's been a Joy (pun intended) working for Microsoft the last few years.

Hopefully they will get a new CEO who will listen to the voices of Microsoft's customers . . . and their employees.

I bet he's glad now... (1)

Skiron (735617) | about a year ago | (#44653607)

... that he can use Ubuntu and google search, like all the other silver surfers.... WAIT. Well, maybe he isn't gray...

Oblig. (1)

wcrowe (94389) | about a year ago | (#44653609)

And nothing of value was lost.

my frosty ...... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653611)

haha its about time the m$ boys and gurls had some good news
congrats /. on this prompt story

Surface (1)

mitcheli (894743) | about a year ago | (#44653615)

Would the recent cutting of price in the Surface be tied to the decision at all?

Re:Surface (5, Informative)

geek (5680) | about a year ago | (#44653671)

Failure of Windows 8
Failure of Xbox One
Failure of Vista
Failure of the Kin
Failure of the Zune
Failure of Windows Phone 7
Failure of Windows Phone 8
Need I go on? You can only fuck up so many times before the board sends you packing. I'm amazed he lasted this long.

Re:Surface (1)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#44653965)

Only amazed? It's literally unbelievable he has lasted this long.

With Microsoft reduced in dominance by Ballmer's mismanagement the IT world is recovering nicely. Ballmer practically handed the server market to Linux.

Re:Surface (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654087)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eywi0h_Y5_U
Ballmer laugs at iPhone

Re:Surface (3, Informative)

Saint Gerbil (1155665) | about a year ago | (#44654201)

Its a bit harsh to say the Xbox One has failed sure its had some bad press and the flip flopping on policies that has followed.
But its not out yet.
And its still sold out nearly everywhere like the PS4.

It would be fair to say it in 12 months time when he is leaving (whatever state it's in then)

Re:Surface (3, Interesting)

jellomizer (103300) | about a year ago | (#44654341)

A lot of this I would say isn't Microsoft's fault for the failures. But other disruptive technologies forcing them to move faster then a company its size.

Apple in essence gave up Macs as their business model going to smaller devices.
the iPod only really loss its dominance after other companies started making Smart Phones, there was never an iPod killer, the iPod killer with the iPhone.
the iPhone in essence gave Apple a 2 year head start in the smart phone market, causing other companies to play catch-up including Microsoft. During this head start they were able to get a bunch of apps, and also push the iPad tablet market, giving an other year push.

Microsoft was working on their own future plans, but was disrupted by Apple, and all its other competitors following suit.

Microsoft is the Desktop Market. They were planning new and great things for the desktop, as seen with Windows 7, which really did shut Apple up in their I am a Mac and I am a PC adds. But their name is so connected to desktop it was a hard sell to reach out of it.

CNN breaking news headline (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653623)

"Microsoft says CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months. No successor named. Stock surges."

Captcha: finally

Re:CNN breaking news headline (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653849)

In other words, nobody is preferable to Ballmer. Some eulogy.

Re:CNN breaking news headline (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654297)

Herman Miller (biggest office furniture manufacturer) is down right now, too.

good news for stock holders! (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653635)

All the money that MS saves on broken chairs will go RIGHT TO YOU!

Who is the Replacement? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653649)

And how many Windows 8 meetings where they in?

Guess who he's going to support more now?? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653655)

Retirees, Retirees, Retirees!

Re:Guess who he's going to support more now?? (1)

mitcheli (894743) | about a year ago | (#44653799)

+1 funny! :)

Still funny as hell (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about a year ago | (#44653665)

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

I love how he can state something as truth at the beginning of a sentence and then make a fool of himself by the end of it.

Re:Still funny as hell (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653859)

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

I love how he can state something as truth at the beginning of a sentence and then make a fool of himself by the end of it.

Don't perfect and right mean two different things in this context?

Re:Still funny as hell (3, Insightful)

virg_mattes (230616) | about a year ago | (#44653975)

I don't see any disparity. "Right" in this context means "best" so it doesn't contradict "perfect".

Virg

Re:Still funny as hell (1)

RyuuzakiTetsuya (195424) | about a year ago | (#44654147)

Or not even "best" just "appropriate."

Still, the fact that the opening of the sentence..

There is never a perfect time for this type of transition

What? Yes there is. You chose and groom a successor and slowly pawn off your responsibilities.

Or you trust that the company that you've founded can do fine with out you. If you can't do that then the company you're leaving is fucked.

Ballmer made $20 billion for investors today (2)

quarterbuck (1268694) | about a year ago | (#44653675)

The investors are so happy Ballmer is leaving that the stock is up 10%. Last time this happened was when Carly was fired from HP and the stock rose.
It is funny that the value of MSFT with Ballmer in it is $20 Billion less than MSFT without Ballmer in it!

Re:Ballmer made $20 billion for investors today (1)

snsh (968808) | about a year ago | (#44653963)

Please don't give them the idea of replacing Ballmer with Carly.

Re:Ballmer made $20 billion for investors today (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654129)

Why not?

M$ needs to die, and she could probably finish the job Monkeyboy started.

Re:Ballmer made $20 billion for investors today (3, Insightful)

MickyTheIdiot (1032226) | about a year ago | (#44654343)

Given the direction that MS has been in for 5 years and the fact they are in such a hard sealed corporate bubble, hiring Carly (and Carly's mouth) would not be a very big surprise. She's got the ego the size of Africa and she's never right about anything. It seems an appropriate substitute for Ballmer.

Re:Ballmer made $20 billion for investors today (5, Informative)

gstoddart (321705) | about a year ago | (#44654125)

It is funny that the value of MSFT with Ballmer in it is $20 Billion less than MSFT without Ballmer in it!

Today, on the initial news, based on speculative market players making trades ... by next week the price of Microsoft will be fluctuating on some other random basis.

I've always found the stock market to be amusing -- because it makes huge swings on things which haven't happened yet, and by the time those things happen they've moved on to being excited/angry about something else entirely.

It's almost as if the stock market is more valuable at predicting the emotions of investors, than any actual financial factors. And in many cases, the actual financials don't seem important -- like when companies are worth more than they're going to earn for the next 20 years.

What Microsoft needs (4, Interesting)

MikeRT (947531) | about a year ago | (#44653693)

Is to just hire Sinofsky back and give him carte blanche to fire anyone and everyone who supported Ballmer as a job perk. With the chance to fire the woman who forced Metro on him as a job perk, they could probably get him more reasonable on the compensation package.

Re:What Microsoft needs (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654275)

Why don't you practice forming sentences. What a home-schooled retard you are.

Top five reasons for Ballmer leaving (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653709)

Shareholders shareholders shareholders shareholders shareholders!

two jokes come to mind (0)

605dave (722736) | about a year ago | (#44653711)

Retirement! Retirement! Retirement!

and

Golf Monkey Boy, Golf!

I have the sudden urge to sing this.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653733)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rHJoj9IqeKg

Truthful (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653735)

My prayers have been answered.

Re:Truthful (3, Insightful)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#44653893)

My prayers have been answered.

How so? Do you have a lot of Microsoft stock or you just hate the IT world and want it to suffer more years of monopoly abuse?

Re:Truthful (1, Offtopic)

jellomizer (103300) | about a year ago | (#44654377)

You must live a sad lonely life, if you are just wasting your prayers on Balmer leaving.
If you hate Microsoft so much Just install Linux or get a Mac, and stop worrying about it.

Retirement (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653739)

Retirement! Retirement! Retirement!

By Retiring he made himself $1bn (1)

TurinX (1323321) | about a year ago | (#44653753)

Owns 333.3m shares. Up $2.86 so far. Not too shabby a day at the office.

Re:By Retiring he made himself $1bn (2)

BonThomme (239873) | about a year ago | (#44654209)

or especially one not at the office...

They are still screwed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653777)

Maybe this will help Microsoft stock for the short term... I still think they are screwed long-term. The "Devices and Services" market is already saturated by Apple, Google, and Samsung. Microsoft is too late to the party. If they wanted to sell more devices and used for more cloud-based services they should have followed standards in IE and open sourced their underlying kernel long ago, just like Apple did with Unix, Mozilla did with their browser, and Google did with Linux and Webkit.

Re:They are still screwed (4, Insightful)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#44653875)

It's not that Microsoft is 'late to the party', it's simply that they make bad products.

Apple was late to the tablet party but ended up dominating it with pretty and functional products.

Re:They are still screwed (3, Interesting)

neurovish (315867) | about a year ago | (#44654153)

It's not that Microsoft is 'late to the party', it's simply that they make bad products.

Apple was late to the tablet party but ended up dominating it with pretty and functional products.

As far as tablets go, Microsoft was there before Apple....they just did it wrong. It's kind of like Microsoft throws a party and nobody shows up. Then Apple throws a party, has the Rolling Stones there, and then everybody shows up. So Microsoft has another party with a Rolling Stones cover band and wonders why nobody is showing up.

Every once in awhile they come out with something good, but it's a few years too late...take the latest Zune. Too bad everybody was using their phones to play mp3s by that time.

Biggest Piece Of Tech News For The Year (0)

assertation (1255714) | about a year ago | (#44653797)

Microsoft has been one of the most influential ( good or bad ) companies on tech and Ballmer has been one of the most influential people at Microsoft.

This news is one of the biggest pieces of tech news for the year.

Re:Biggest Piece Of Tech News For The Year (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653937)

This news is one of the biggest pieces of tech news for the year.

Except that it's anti-climactic. Everyone knew it was coming after Windows 8, Surface, and the fourteenth incarnation of Windows Phone bombed in the marketplace.

Sinofsky's looking pretty good right now. He just got a gig with Andreesen Horowitz this week.

Chair-monkey retires, stock up 9% (4, Insightful)

1s44c (552956) | about a year ago | (#44653809)

I only hope he is replaced with someone as ineffective as he was. The last thing the world needs is an evil monopolist running Microsoft who actually knows what he is doing.

Re:Chair-monkey retires, stock up 9% (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654041)

I think the better outcome would be if he were replaced by someone who turns Microsoft into a non-evil success company. I prefer a successful good to a failing evil.

Re:Chair-monkey retires, stock up 9% (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654261)

Actually, a bit of competition would be great. If you look at the state of play and the moment of things, we're heading for a duopoly with Apple making the clients and google providing the back end services.

The Right Time Was Years Ago (1)

EXTomar (78739) | about a year ago | (#44653825)

Although it is fluffy marketing speak, the statement that "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition..." is funny because leaving before 2006 and Windows Vista would have been the best time for him to make an exit. A lot of scrambling after Vista seemed like wasted energy from misguided efforts that seem to come from the top down. At that point onwards Microsoft seemed to be off balance and felt like they were scrambling and groping from that on wards.

The board should look out side the company for the top spot not because I believe they don't have any one internal who could do better than Ballmer but they really need to break with the past decisions and reboot.

As someone who'd like to see good competition, (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44653839)

I just hope that Ballmer has nothing to do with the picking of his successor.

Ballmer is evidence of the role of luck in life (5, Insightful)

dkleinsc (563838) | about a year ago | (#44653865)

Based on his overall personality, I strongly suspect that if Steve Ballmer hadn't just happened to be college buddies with BillG and Paul Allen, chances are pretty good he'd be selling used cars somewhere and enjoying the nearest football team. Instead, we're going to take him seriously for the rest of his natural life and possible beyond.

Steve Jobs Still A Better CEO (3, Insightful)

Greyfox (87712) | about a year ago | (#44653887)

If they dig Steve Jobs up and put him in charge now, he'd do a better job than Ballmer ever did!

Re:Steve Jobs Still A Better CEO (4, Informative)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year ago | (#44653979)

He was a borderline mental patient who did everything he could to try and ruin Apple but his staff and board and engineers reined him back into reality so they could release sort of good products. I wouldn't put Steve Jobs in charge of walking my dog because somehow he'd find a way to overheat it and embed a non-removeable battery in it.

There *was* a perfect time (5, Interesting)

msobkow (48369) | about a year ago | (#44653891)

There was a perfect time for the transition:

  • Before Windows 8 was approved
  • Before Windows RT was approved
  • Before Windows Phone and Nokia was approved
  • Before Office 365 online was approved

Avoiding those disastrous products would have made Microsoft billions, and those decisions were made by you, Ballmer.

Re:There *was* a perfect time (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654203)

So what you're saying is that if Microsoft had no response to the tablet, phone and cloud boom they would be better off than they are now?

Re:There *was* a perfect time (2)

msobkow (48369) | about a year ago | (#44654321)

Badly executed maneuvers are worse than not entering a market space at all.

Re:There *was* a perfect time (1)

neurovish (315867) | about a year ago | (#44654205)

There was a perfect time for the transition:

  • Before Windows 8 was approved
  • Before Windows RT was approved
  • Before Windows Phone and Nokia was approved
  • Before Office 365 online was approved

Avoiding those disastrous products would have made Microsoft billions, and those decisions were made by you, Ballmer.

I'd go back farther to like 2006 or so.

Re:There *was* a perfect time (1)

bazorg (911295) | about a year ago | (#44654279)

so what was the correct way forward for those 4 important areas?

Too little too late (1)

Begemot (38841) | about a year ago | (#44653903)

naff said

woooo! (1)

slashmydots (2189826) | about a year ago | (#44653949)

Awwww shit, I'm getting a cake! FINALLY, my computer repair and sales store can make some damn money with the architect behind touch interfaces and Windows 8 gone. I ran out of used Windows 7 laptops a long time ago and since then, my entire laptop income segment is gone, sparing a few custom orders from Toshiba Direct with Win 7. Good riddance! I hope they replace him with someone who has a brain.

Retired or Being Retired?? (1)

rodrigoandrade (713371) | about a year ago | (#44653953)

Big difference there. Wall St. hates it when a company fires its CEO.

I guess this was the best way the board found to get rid of the chair-throwing monkey without disturbing stock prices.

The future is bright for Linux (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654003)

because Microsoft is basically like Mike the headless chicken. 2014 may be the year of Linux on the laptop.

Nobel Prize as CEO (5, Funny)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#44654049)

I mean, his successor is the one that will get one, whoever he is just for not being Ballmer.

Death knell for Metro (5, Interesting)

JDG1980 (2438906) | about a year ago | (#44654053)

I think this "retirement" (which probably wasn't as voluntary as Ballmer and MS are pretending) spells doom for Metro, at least on the desktop. Virtually no one outside of MS actually likes it. The only reason why they haven't backed down on Metro on the desktop before now is that it is Ballmer's baby and he doesn't want to admit he screwed up. The next CEO will likely not have any such attachment, and will probably be much more willing to ditch Metro in response to market demands – or at least allow it to be an option that can be turned off completely, for a Win7-style experience.

Microsoft's foray into portable devices has been an abject failure. The smartest thing to do would be to focus on the business licenses that actually bring in the big bucks. That means stability, familiarity, and backwards compatibility – not flashy touch BS meant to appeal to non-technical home users.

get in time for windows 8.2 or 9 to be right (0)

Joe_Dragon (2206452) | about a year ago | (#44654079)

get in time for windows 8.2 or 9 to be right with start menu and build in modern mix.

At least eight years too late... (5, Insightful)

QuietLagoon (813062) | about a year ago | (#44654107)

The damage Mr. Ballmer has done to Microsoft in the past eight years is strategic and structural. His successor will have an enormous uphill battle to turn the company around.

Balmer (2)

JestersGrind (2549938) | about a year ago | (#44654195)

How long until the Balmer movie is released?

Re:Balmer (4, Informative)

binarylarry (1338699) | about a year ago | (#44654313)

He's featured in Pirate of Silicon Valley: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0168122/ [imdb.com]

He's actually one of the more agreeable characters (and voiced by John Di Maggio aka the voice of Bender)

The Captain has left the building (3, Insightful)

NormHome (99305) | about a year ago | (#44654211)

Looks like the Captain of the Titanic is fleeing the sinking ship, after he turned the ship right into that iceberg.

Retirement, Retirement Retirement, Retirement. (1)

SneakyMishkin (1298729) | about a year ago | (#44654219)

Retirement, Retirement Retirement, Retirement.
Retirement, Retirement Retirement, Retirement.
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAA. COMMOMMONNNNNN!! GEEEEET UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUPP!!

Just go away already (2)

CarlosHawes (1256490) | about a year ago | (#44654241)

And don't forget.......you can rearrange the letters in Steve Balmer to spell "Beer vat smell" -OR- "Tremble slave"

Bad Omen for Computer Industry (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#44654255)

I've found the last decade or ago to be a welcome relief. I remember when I had to use/support/program_for Windows machines all the time. Windows was just an inevitable fact of life that was imposed upon everyone, no matter how hard they advocated upgrading. But then since the urn of the century, upgrading actually became realistic and more and more laypeople did it. I literally go months in between ever seeing it anywhere. I'm not deluded: I know it's still out there and plenty of offices are still in its grip. But there are a lot fewer of them, somehow I've been lucky enough to not have to visit those offices.

I don't know if this is due to Ballmer's incompetence, his failure to keep the lock-in going, or if it's just a matter of the populace waking up, needing better tech, etc. But there's of course a fear, that the next guy will be a better monopolist than Ballmer, and create new situations where people are required to use MS products where they used to not have to, the way it was back in the 1990s. Mobos or hard disks will come with Windows licenses, etc. Who knows?

Ballmer leaving MS is a bad omen for the computer industry, and I just hope that believing in omens is as stupid as it seems to be.

It's not all good news (1)

dietdew7 (1171613) | about a year ago | (#44654339)

MSFT up, but HNI is down slightly.

Hazaa! (3, Insightful)

onyxruby (118189) | about a year ago | (#44654365)

This will be the best thing to happen to Microsoft in many years. Ballmer alienated customers, the public, the press, their employees, the enterprise and those who made their career out of Microsoft's products. 8.1's start button instead of start menu was the nail in the coffin for many, many people from a sheer contempt standpoint. Getting rid of technet and a hundred other things that showed their customers were viewed with contempt as the the enemy can all be cited as examples of why he had to go.

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