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Top 10 Secret Reasons Microsoft CEO Ballmer Retired

Steve Ballmer didn't get the credit he deserved, as evidenced by Microsoft's strong financial position when he resigned. Here are 10 reasons you've never heard about why he stepped down.
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10. Landed role as Uncle Fester in road company production of The Addams Family.

10. Landed role as Uncle Fester in road company production of The Addams Family.

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mcsnert
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4/26/2014 | 12:13:28 PM
More reason's why Steve Ballmer retired
Mr. Ballmer didn't retire.  He took his money and ran as fast as he could. He saw all the lawsuits coming from consumers, partners, down-line, vendors and governments.
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4/26/2014 | 6:18:05 PM
He was 50% An Idiot
You are free to kiss his *** or yea, there's no reason to beat a dead horse but you broight it up. When Gates left, it was a simply the high tech industry. By 2000, it started to cleave between an enterprise tech market and a consumer high tech market. If MS concentrated on the former, you can see where they would be - massive with 80% margins and HUNDREDS of BILLIONS in the bank or also owning other major brands in the enterprise tech industry. Instead, because Ballmer wanted his legacy to be as great as Steve Jobs-Bill Gates, he WASTED HUNDREDS of BILLIONS chasing the consmer market that they clearly had NO BUSINESS in now and then. Just as Cisco bailed on their consumer brands, Ballmer figured by sheer will, they would be hugely successful. Here's the difference - in the music indstry, Ballmer tried to lock up digital with WMA by selling the DRM setup to the music industry - works great for them but consumers hated it - first with MP3's and later because Apple figured out that if you actually figure out what consumers wanted, they would win - in fact, through most of the ipod era, all itunes tracks were still with DRm so it wasn't just that but the fact that MS' culture couldn't figure what consumers wanted. But hey, why not spend a billion on the ZUNE years too late to make a difference. The Xbox? MS spent $20 BILLION to launch it and eetually wrote it off - bottom line, they needed to sell 1-billion units to break even, they fell about 900 million units short - that is Ballmer's math. ANd what's worse, by selling a $5K WIN PC without virii and driver issues as an Xbox for $399 & later $299, they killed the high end PC Market ... or in 10 years, $1k+ WIN PC's wnt from 97% market share to less than 1% today. So, not only has the Xbox created a $30 billion black hole, how much did they lose by killing the $1k WIN PC market? Or his topper - predicting the iphone is NOTHING. The iPhone division is LARGER than ALL OF MICROSOFT - think about that. It's one thing to be defeated by a nimbler competitor but it's another where the CEO does NOT recognize the future AT ALL. Or Google, MS dismissing that search is worth anything so they basically gave up on MSN. How much as Google taken in ad sales in the past 10-years? Ballmer kept his job ONLY because he was Gates roommate in college - for shareholders, Ballmer probably costed them $250-$350 BILLON in equity (whether in market cap or dividends that were wasted on things like plays4aure, Bob, $6 BILLION for Vista, Zune, Xbox, KIN, win CE, win mobile, webTV, surface RT, etc, etc ...) in fact, Ballmaer had exactly ZERO consumer successes* in his ENTIRE career as CEO. Think about that. He may have cost one corporation the most amount of market cap & writeoffs in the history of corporations - so he has that ... and walks away with $20 billion after stock buybacks to prop up the stock after HE tanked it. Ballmer was a fine bad cop during the Gates early era of tech but BOTH of them were outclassed and out-clued when the high tech industry switched. Gates was smart enough to get out and be seen as a good guy. Ballmer was not a war-time general - he was fine when all you needed was a guy to shout to get people to march around nice but he was the Pearl Harbor commander who piled all his planes and ships together.
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4/26/2014 | 8:35:51 PM
Credit
Maybe he is smarter than he got credit for? In this era of transformation maybe he was smart enough to step aside and let the younger Turks push the rock.
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4/27/2014 | 1:18:08 AM
Re: He was 50% An Idiot
jbelkin - That may be true, but a little formatting goes a long way - your giant wall of text could be more intelligently organized... and shorter - much shorter.  Also ALL CAPS often underminds your arguments... just aying.
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4/27/2014 | 9:47:35 AM
Re: More reason's why Steve Ballmer retired
It's highly unlikely that a plaintiff would be able to pierce the corporate veil to endanger the CEO's assets.  That's part of the point of the corporation structure (the trade-off being double taxation).

The worst that would happen to him if a major lawsuit happened would be having to take time out of his schedule to testify in a deposition or a trial.

Joe Stanganelli
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4/27/2014 | 9:51:01 AM
Re: He was 50% An Idiot
To be fair, the XBox Kinect has seen enterprise applications and successes.

Enterprise technology often gets adopted when it becomes popular enough in the consumer market.  Case in point: the iPhone (which CIOs largely hated at one point, back when Blackberry was cock of the walk).
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4/27/2014 | 10:55:42 AM
Re: More reason's why Steve Ballmer retired
What, exactly, will "the world" be suing microsft over?

 

The beauty of the Internet is that it gives everyone a voice.  The curse is that everyone uses it.
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4/27/2014 | 10:57:32 AM
Re: More reason's why Steve Ballmer retired
True, and IF the corporate veil were pierced and they went after an individual there would most likely be criminal charges and it would not matter in the slightest if that person were retired.

 

Myopic comments by myopic people.
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4/27/2014 | 11:55:57 AM
Re: He was 50% An Idiot
I was not referring to suing Steve Ballmer, I was referring to the loss of value Microsoft is going to see when class action lawsuits start to bear on the value of Microsoft.

I recently upgraded to Windows 8.1.  What I found out is that Microsoft thinks they now own your PC to the point they decide when your old data will be deleted from your system without the slightest warning to the user. In my estimation, Microsoft does not have the right to do this and losses of data from millions of users is a good value proposition for the cost of a class action lawsuit against Microsoft. They also make it extremely difficult to use a machine with Windows 8 installed on it to work without a Microsoft account. It is very well hidden from the consumer how to use a local account in essence forcing users to create a Microsoft account even if they do not wish to have one. I recently wanted to update my games on the new OS (Solitair, etc.). Games which were native to every Microsoft OS before Windows 8.  In order to download the 'free' versions of those apps for Windows 8 I had to change my profile to a Microsoft account.  No way around it.  This is an abuse of power when a company reaches onto hardware you own and dictates how you must authenticate to your own hardware and the software you purchased from Microsoft. Purchased is the key. I did not lease it or rent it. I purchased it. For this and a slew of other over-reaches by the ill-conceived policies of Microsoft, they are absolutely ripe for class action lawsuits which in my estimation will seriously affect the viability of the company.  At this point in time, I feel that is the only way to ride the market of the scourge which has become Microsoft. And that would seriously affect Steve Ballmer's bottom line, hence taking his money and running.  Maybe then the will be sized properly to realizre their proper place in the market.
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4/27/2014 | 12:01:19 PM
Bullet Head was a train wreck for shareholders
Steve Ballmer has a high IQ and a very low Social IQ! On balance he was a "train wreck" for the shareholders and Bill Gates never seemed to really care! Year after year Ballmer made horrible decisions and blew tens of billions of dollars and yet Bill Gates never seemed to care! But the good news is he is finally gone, and the new guy will get them back on track.
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