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Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Steve Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board

Steve Ballmer has announced his immediate departure from the board of Microsoft, effective immediately.

Long-serving Microsoft employee Steve Ballmer has announced his retirement from the board, a year after leaving the position of chief executive officer at the company.

Ballmer joined Microsoft, previously known as Micro-Soft, as the company's first business manager and only its 30th employee in 1980. His bombastic personality, perfectly demonstrated in this somewhat over-enthusiastic advert for Windows 1.0, made him a familiar sight in the trade and mainstream press, along with reports of chair-throwing and expletive-filled tirades during staff meetings - particularly when the subject of Google came up.

Ballmer announced his retirement from the role of Microsoft chief executive in August last year, with Satya Nadella being confirmed as the new chief in February 2014. Ballmer retained his position in Microsoft's board, however - until now.

'As I approach the six month mark of my retirement and your appointment as CEO, I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company. I have reached some conclusions and wanted to share them with you,' Ballmer wrote in a letter to Nadella published late last night. 'I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time.

'Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off. The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately.
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Claiming to 'bleed Microsoft,' Ballmer confirmed in the letter that he would continue to hold a majority of Microsoft shares, and that Nadella could 'count on me to keep indeas and inputs flowing.'. 'While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision,' Nadella wrote in response. 'As you embark on your new journey, I am sure that you will bring the same boldness, passion and impact to your new endeavours that you brought to Microsoft, and we wish you incredible success. I also look forward to partnering with you as a shareholder.'

Both letters can be read in full on Microsoft's website. Microsoft has not yet indicated if it plans to appoint a new board member to replace Ballmer.

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johnnyboy700 20th August 2014, 10:59 Quote
Les Grossman personified, I'm gonna miss him.

Although I'm willing to bet it was not a pleasant experience to work for him so perhaps I shouldn't joke about it.
schmidtbag 20th August 2014, 14:32 Quote
Since Ballmer became CEO, I can't say the company was doing all that great. I'm not sure if he was directly involved in everything that flopped but regardless, I'm not sure he's the best choice for Nadella to come to when in search of answers.
Corky42 20th August 2014, 15:06 Quote
You say that schmidtbag, but some people would say that during his tenure he tripled Microsoft's net income and revenue, so from a financial stand point he was a success.
Gareth Halfacree 20th August 2014, 15:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
You say that schmidtbag, but some people would say that during his tenure he tripled Microsoft's net income and revenue, so from a financial stand point he was a success.
But could it have done better? This Vanity Fair piece, Microsoft's Lost Decade, is an eye-opening account of how Microsoft changed under Ballmer's leadership.
Corky42 20th August 2014, 18:01 Quote
That's the golden question isn't it, could it have done better ? Possibly, probably, yes, no. :?
This maybe a time to ask parallel universe Gareth how Microsoft is doing on the other side, or has he been trapped in amber :D
Gareth Halfacree 20th August 2014, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
This maybe a time to ask parallel universe Gareth how Microsoft is doing on the other side, or has he been trapped in amber :D
<topic="off">Considering how terrible the science-babble Dr. Bishop comes out with really is, I'm thoroughly enjoying Fringe! Nearly through the second series, I think.</topic>
Nexxo 20th August 2014, 19:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
But could it have done better? This Vanity Fair piece, Microsoft's Lost Decade, is an eye-opening account of how Microsoft changed under Ballmer's leadership.

What's worse is that I suspect Nadella may be another leader chosen in the old mold. He writes memos as long as Ballmer; that's a bad sign.
Anfield 20th August 2014, 20:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Gareth Halfacree
But could it have done better? This Vanity Fair piece, Microsoft's Lost Decade, is an eye-opening account of how Microsoft changed under Ballmer's leadership.

From Page 6:
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But, strangely, Ballmer may be invaluable for the company’s future. Because the time may be coming when the sprawling Microsoft empire will have to be busted up, like any other company that has spread itself too thin into too many product lines. And a deal-maker like Ballmer is just the type to lead that kind of massive corporate reorganization.

And recently it has been announced that Microsoft would be cutting thousands of jobs, did Ballmer get the idea for the massive shedding of weight from Vanity Fair?:D
rainbowbridge 21st August 2014, 19:12 Quote
Goes to show how far a second rate car sales man can get, any thing is possible in this world.

I wouldn't buy a toaster from this guy, time for proper managers to step in now that actually have considered intelligence,

Look how far brash got him, impressive but thank you and don't bang your head on the way out.
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