re: Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Surprise Retirement
Wow, this is sudden. The timing does seem too "in the middle of a bunch of things" to step down, but like Ballmer says there's no perfect time for something like this. 13 years running a company as big as Microsoft is impressive. But let's face it, he'll be remembered as a plodder who could never move the stock price and who had chances to innovate in mobile but missed the boat over and over. Analysts have been calling for him to step down for at least five years, but he hung around, wielding too much power. His replacement will have a hard job. Hopefully he or she will be young and forward-looking. Could be the best thing that's happened to MS since Windows XP. We'll see.