Steve Ballmer to Retire

The Microsoft website announces that Steve Ballmer will retire from his post as Microsoft CEO within the next 12 months, and will take the Long Walk into the Cursed Earth to bring law to the lawless (thanks Verno). Here's word:
REDMOND, Wash. — Aug. 23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 25, 2013, 08:02
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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 25, 2013, 08:02
Aug 25, 2013, 08:02
 
12 months is a long time. The circus train hasn't left town just yet.

This comment was edited on Aug 25, 2013, 08:11.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Aug 24, 2013, 03:19
Rigs
 
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Re: Out of the Blue Aug 24, 2013, 03:19
Aug 24, 2013, 03:19
 Rigs
 
Speculation is that the guy that was head of Win8 development (Strakovsky?...something like that...the one that got fired after it was released) is in the top running for the job. Who knows how that will turn out...we know how well Win8 was received...


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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 20:26
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 20:26
Aug 23, 2013, 20:26
 
Rest in Peace, Steve. Rest in Peace.

(Meaning: Please don't come back!)
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 20:05
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 20:05
Aug 23, 2013, 20:05
 
ASeven wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 17:12:
Now I'm curious to know who will replace him.


Pee Wee Herman sounds like a perfect fit.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 19:54
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 19:54
Aug 23, 2013, 19:54
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 19:24:
Wow -- was watching CNBC and they said today someone bought 20k MSFT $45 Jan 15 calls for $0.75 each. It was up 7.29% today to $34.75. So, basically someone is betting MSFT will go up more than another 30% in the next 16 months. Assuming they meant 20k contracts, which is usually what you do when you talk options, that means someone bet $1.5M.

See, that's the difference between a good leader and a bad one. A good leader departs and stock goes down. A bad one leaves and stock goes up. I bet a lot of MS shareholders are breaking out the bubbly tonight! If I owned any considerable stock in the company I sure as hell would. Hell, I'm raising a beer to his departure right now! Cheers!

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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 19:33
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 19:33
Aug 23, 2013, 19:33
 
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 19:24
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 19:24
Aug 23, 2013, 19:24
 
Wow -- was watching CNBC and they said today someone bought 20k MSFT $45 Jan 15 calls for $0.75 each. It was up 7.29% today to $34.75. So, basically someone is betting MSFT will go up more than another 30% in the next 16 months. Assuming they meant 20k contracts, which is usually what you do when you talk options, that means someone bet $1.5M.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 19:17
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 19:17
Aug 23, 2013, 19:17
 
The only valid candidate for the job is Gabe Newelle. He might eat them out of house and home but at least he understands customers.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 18:32
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 18:32
Aug 23, 2013, 18:32
 
Good. Now get a CEO that shuts down the entire fucking Xbox travesty and bring back the PC to pre-Shitbox strength. kthx.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 17:12
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 17:12
Aug 23, 2013, 17:12
 
This was more than likely a move forced by the shareholders. The failing sales of Win8 and their tablet, plus all the debacle of the Xbone and the constant 180s have forced them to finally retire this clown.

Now I'm curious to know who will replace him.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 17:10
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 17:10
Aug 23, 2013, 17:10
 
When I read this story on slashdot, me and my roommate went to the store and bought cookie dough and then baked and ate a batch of Steve Ballmer Is Retiring cookies.

True story.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 17:02
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 17:02
Aug 23, 2013, 17:02
 
They need more than just a new CEO, they need to reinvent their entire business culture. Google has taken over as the relaxed think tank college campus that Microsoft used to be. If they can't get rid of the large business bureaucracy then nothing is going to change for the better.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 16:05
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 16:05
Aug 23, 2013, 16:05
 
Ryan Lange wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 15:02:
He might be referring to Office 365, their online version of Office. Office itself is pretty nice, although I despise the latest version for using that horrific, flat, monochromatic color scheme that they introduced with Visual Studio 2012.

I actually like a dark color theme for dev work. But definitely don't like their look & feel trend with Office 2013, Lync 2013, Windows 8, Server 2012, etc etc
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 15:52
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 15:52
Aug 23, 2013, 15:52
 
D_K_night wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 15:46:
wtf_man wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 15:28:
I'm still not buying an XBone... nor Windows 8.x.

Not even if they bring back the Start Menu?

Actually the pseudo start menu in 8.1 is good enough to me. The built-in ads / bing search, and the flat (non-aero glass) look... turns me off.

/shrug
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 15:50
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 15:50
Aug 23, 2013, 15:50
 
Good news I hope!

IMO the biggest failures of Microsoft have consistently been that they get complacent then get overly greedy and ruin what is a good thing. The Xbone is the latest and perhaps best example of this.

Another example being the DX10 debacle. Up until that point, the DirectX's were a steady and consistently improving and the market loved it. Then they got overly greedy and killed the goose that laid the golden egg with DX10 in several ways. So they got a new goose, DX11 and so far, so good. But now they are back at it, dropping Win7 from future DX's? Anyway this is just an example..

There are other examples where they get overly greedy and ruin things. Win8's forced tablet UI is another.

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Aug 23, 2013, 15:46
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Aug 23, 2013, 15:46
 
wtf_man wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 15:28:
I'm still not buying an XBone... nor Windows 8.x.

Not even if they bring back the Start Menu?
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 15:36
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 15:36
Aug 23, 2013, 15:36
 
Somehow I picture a angry mob of disgruntled customers with torches and pitchforks storming the castle. Bat
I hope Ballmer doesn't fall out of a Window on his way out.
But, I've got to give him credit... Steve did the impossible by making many desktop Windows 8 users miss DOS.


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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 15:28
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 15:28
Aug 23, 2013, 15:28
 
I'm still not buying an XBone... nor Windows 8.x.
Get your games from GOG DAMMIT!
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 15:02
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire Aug 23, 2013, 15:02
Aug 23, 2013, 15:02
 
He might be referring to Office 365, their online version of Office. Office itself is pretty nice, although I despise the latest version for using that horrific, flat, monochromatic color scheme that they introduced with Visual Studio 2012.
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Re: Steve Ballmer to Retire
Aug 23, 2013, 14:58
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Aug 23, 2013, 14:58
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Creston wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 13:07:
Prez wrote on Aug 23, 2013, 12:57:
USA Today is reporting that he will be getting $560 million extra on his departure due to the stock jump at the news of his resignation (on paper anyway). That is just obscene.

I think they mean that the value of his personal shares increased by 8%, thus he's worth $560 million more?

That is what I meant too! Of course I didn't convey it very well.
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