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Microsoft eyes new course as Ballmer sets retirement date


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“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,”

Now was probably the right time 12 years ago. Good job on the xBox though.

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Ballmer's obvious problem is that he didn't wear black turtlenecks at all times - they are the essential uniform for every IT CEO with cred.

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It's pretty funny that stock prices surged when he said he was leaving and they don't even know whose gonna replace him.

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Time to retire and enjoy life and the ungodly amount of money this man has. And buy an iMac, etc. :-)

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may chairs be flipped in joyous celebration

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More and more he just didn't seem like the right guy. For hardware (except XBOX), Microsoft always seemed late and had products without much identity.

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Microsoft always had the identity of a software company when it should have been software slash other things just to possible be in competition with other companies. Look at google. Company is a search engine that became a software creator and didn't have the history to its credentials like Microsoft and it's a powerhouse.

Microsoft should have seen the writing on the wall years ago.

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