Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer resigns as CEO after 33 years with company

Steve Ballmer

By on August 26, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Microsoft’s super-boss Steve “Developers, developers, developers” Ballmer has announced his intention to resign from his position as CEO within the next 12 months.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer claimed in a press release.

“My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

A special committee has been appointed by the Microsoft Executive Board to oversee the process of finding a replacement for Ballmer, who originally joined Microsoft in 1980.

Best of luck, Steve, from all of us here at games.on.net, and thanks for everything.

Source: Microsoft

14 comments (Leave your own)

I hope his retirement will be as entertaining as his career. What a crazy, yet fantastic bastard.

 

Oh Steve, how we will miss your crazy antics.

Funnily enough after he announced his resignation Microsoft share prices went up.

 

This makes me sad to be a PC user, lol.

 

Oh GoN, you always managed to find the best Steve Ballmer pictures. I’m going to miss the “Steve eating an invisible hamburger” photo.

 

Funny part was how he earned a great deal of money by announcing his retirement since the stocks then went up.

 

xavios:
I hope his retirement will be as entertaining as his career. What a crazy, yet fantastic bastard.

+1 lol Microsoft will never be the same, you’ll be missed Steve

Never again will we get 2 of the most successful men in the world being this out right crazy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IY2j_GPIqRA

 

Really? You guys are sad to see him go?

Isn’t the jump in share price a pretty clear indication that the majority of the market had little faith in Steve Balmer running Microsoft?

Since he took over from Bill Gates, Microsoft has failed to win new markets, continually losing out to new competitors and old rivals alike. Many of the predictions I’ve seen from Steve have been completely wrong, and if he has a lot of power in the direction Microsoft has taken over the past few years, it’s no wonder share-holders are glad to see him go.

I’ve seen people calling for him to be replaced for years, and I think his announcement is long over-due. That YouTube clip highlighting his eccentric (i.e crazy) behaviour is just icing on the cake though. How can anyone watch that and think someone like that should be running one of the biggest companies in the world?

 

freeborne: Many of the predictions I’ve seen from Steve have been completely wrong,

you mean like how Bill gates once said you would never need more than 256 KB of ram ?

freeborne: How can anyone watch that and think someone like that should be running one of the biggest companies in the world?

how dare CEO’s have fun and enjoy their job *eyeroll*.

Seriously insane CEOs are the best kind look at Richard branson

 

spooler,

The actual quote was “640K ought to be enough for anybody” and he actually never said it. Actually one point he said:

Do you realize the pain the industry went through while the IBM PC was limited to 640K? The machine was going to be 512K at one point, and we kept pushing it up. I never said that statement — I said the opposite of that.

 

vcatkiller,

I’m not referring to the 640K “quote” I remember hearing a sound byte of him saying it on the radio that home users would never need more than 256K tho admittedly my memory is not perfect I’m sure at some point he said it :P. I don’t remember the context of the byte but he was referring to things like the Amiga which at the time were on 256.

I could be wrong because I can’t find any reference to it anywhere on the internet but inn this instance I choose to reject your reality and substitute my own.

 

lol awesome farewell video – he certainly has been around for a while!
should keep his exercising to the gym instead of the stage

 

I think the reason some are sad to see him go is that he is an entertaining caricature of the crazy, power mad corporate executive, not because he was actually good for the company.

 
Nasty Wet Smear

ottomatic: I think the reason some are sad to see him go is that he is an entertaining caricature of the crazy, power mad corporate executive, not because he was actually good for the company.

“Have you ever tried going mad without power?? Waste of time, nobody listens to you!”

 

Never liked the guy.

 
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