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Steve Ballmer is Retiring!


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For those of you who do not know who Steve Ballmer is, he is the CEO of Microsoft. He will be retiring within the following twelve months when a successor has been chosen. Here's his memo to the MS team:

I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center.

This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and engineering areas, is right for the opportunities and challenges ahead.

Microsoft is an amazing place. I love this company. I love the way we helped invent and popularize computing and the PC. I love the bigness and boldness of our bets. I love our people and their talent and our willingness to accept and embrace their range of capabilities, including their quirks. I love the way we embrace and work with other companies to change the world and succeed together. I love the breadth and diversity of our customers, from consumer to enterprise, across industries, countries, and people of all backgrounds and age groups.

I am proud of what we have achieved. We have grown from $7.5 million to nearly $78 billion since I joined Microsoft, and we have grown from employing just over 30 people to almost 100,000. I feel good about playing a role in that success and having committed 100 percent emotionally all the way. We have more than 1 billion users and earn a great profit for our shareholders. We have delivered more profit and cash return to shareholders than virtually any other company in history.

I am excited by our mission of empowering the world and believe in our future success. I cherish my Microsoft ownership, and look forward to continuing as one of Microsoft?s largest owners.

This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most.

Microsoft has all its best days ahead. Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let?s do ourselves proud.


Steve Ballmer joined the Microsoft team back in 1980 as the company's first business manager. On the Microsoft website it states: 'Under his leadership, Microsoft has more than tripled revenue and doubled profits since 2000.' I personally believe that that is a HUGE achievement. This information and more detail can all be found on the MS website for anyone interested.

Do you think a new successor will make little to no difference, or do you believe things will possibly get better or worse?
Just shows how he ****ed up the new Xbox one. Mind you they're still getting top pre orders that's down to the fact with getting fifa 14 for free.
That's very true, which is actually a bit of a shame really.
There's just going to be a lot of disappointed people when the novelty wears off - they'll probably have filled his position by then, they'll get the brunt of it all.
Maybe Microsoft will lure Tim Cook away from Apple, and let the bloody stock recover!
This is going to be a wait and see what happens deal.