Microsoft released a statement by mentioning that Ballmer will remain in the post through its “transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most.”
Steve Ballmer says: “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. 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 long term for this new direction.”
Ballmer joined Microsoft back in 1980, serving as the company’s thirtieth employee – he was actually the first business manager hired by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, who Ballmer succeeded as CEO in 2000.
As Ballmer sees out the remainder of his time at Microsoft’s helm, the company’s Board of Directors has set up a committee to oversee the appointment of his successor. The committee will be chaired by John Thompson, and will also include Chairman of the Board Bill Gates.
No doubt that the retirement of Steve Ballmer is the end of an era in the technology world. Recently, Microsoft released Windows RT and Windows 8 that can be described as failure products from Microsoft. The Windows RT is a total failure while the Windows 8 doesn’t have any start button. The Windows Phone is slightly better after it surged to the third position of the smartphone market, behind Android and iOS.
New CEO is going to bring new changes to Microsoft but pressure will be there very fast especially in the post-pc era. The new CEO has the responsible to drive Microsoft forward in the mobile device market while maintaining the market share of the PC. Let’s see.
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