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Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Surprise Retirement
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Shane M. O'Neill
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8/23/2013 | 4:04:14 PM
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.
Shane M. O'Neill
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8/23/2013 | 4:51:36 PM
re: Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Surprise Retirement
I think we'll also look back and realize Ballmer was just the wrong guy for these times. A smart and hardworking man no question, but he's a salesman adept at marketing products and selling to the enterprise. His business tactics worked when Microsoft was top dog, but when Google, Amazon and the iPhone combined to change the landscape Microsoft needed a nimble visionary. And for all his other strengths, Ballmer ain't that.
Thomas Claburn
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8/23/2013 | 5:57:43 PM
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The surprise is what took so long. It should tell you something when Microsoft stock is up almost 7% this morning.
Laurianne
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8/23/2013 | 6:17:02 PM
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He didn't "get" cloud or social in a timely way, either.


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