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Sarah Thomas
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8/23/2013 | 12:21:35 PM
I LOVE THIS COMPANY!
I've had the pleasure of seeing Ballmer speak a number of years at CES. There's no one quite like him when it comes to revving up the crowd. His speeches have been subjected to a number of remixes and highlight reels. Here's one to check out, just don't turn the volume up too loud:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc
Carol Wilson
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8/23/2013 | 12:28:53 PM
Re: I LOVE THIS COMPANY!
I think Microsoft was already facing major challenges when Ballmer stepped in. The handwriting was on the wall, even if the balance sheet didn't yet reflect it, and he was required to reshape the company's future.

It also seems unlikely that a company pushing its CEO out the door would then appoint a committee to replace him. That's like telling your partner you are in love with someone else, then going on match.com to find the someone else. 
Sarah Thomas
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8/23/2013 | 12:31:07 PM
Re: I LOVE THIS COMPANY!
That's true, Carol. They would probably already have a replacement in mind if it was hostile. I don't think he was forced out, but I have a feeling it was a "mutual" decision that the time was right to move on. Something's got to give with Windows 8. It's tablets haven't taken off, and while the mobile OS beat out BlackBerry last quarter, it's still struggling too. Maybe a fresh face is needed. 
DanJones
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8/23/2013 | 12:31:05 PM
Re: I LOVE THIS COMPANY!
I've met him twice, years apart, what was striking was that he remembered my name the second time around.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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8/23/2013 | 12:33:27 PM
Re: I LOVE THIS COMPANY!
That's pretty impressive, Dan. I wonder how his employees feel about him and his leadership style. 

Also, any thoughts on who might replace him? Someone internal or from the outside? 
Carol Wilson
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8/23/2013 | 12:33:36 PM
Re: I LOVE THIS COMPANY!
Dan, you are an easy person to remember, so we can't give him too much credit there. 
RitchBlasi
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8/23/2013 | 12:30:32 PM
Ballmer Step Down
Microsoft has struggled to put a mobile strategy in place for years and whoever thought to partner with Nokia might think about leaving along with Ballmer.  Nokia, the former leader in mobile phones, was not the best choice to partner with.  Remember, this was the company that refused to have a flip-phone available in the US at a time when flip-phones probably made up 70% of sales, rather thinking that its candy-bar phone strategy would apply.  ????  Let's not even get into its smartphone strategy.  Microsoft might have to pay top price to bring in a leader who truly understands the mobile world and that's where you place all your chips.  And don't try wrapping your mobile strategy around existing strateies.  This might have been what happened when AT&T bought Cingular and introduced the 3G iPhone - seems like no one from Ma Bell understood the true impact of the device and apps on the mobile network and didn't plan well - the wireless world works differnetly than the wired world.  
Sarah Thomas
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8/23/2013 | 12:34:58 PM
Re: Ballmer Step Down
Good points, Ritch. Nokia wasn't an exclusive partner for Microsoft, but I wonder how much their tight relationship hurt in the eyes of other potential partners. I think it hurt Nokia most...Neither are thriving right now.
DanJones
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8/23/2013 | 12:34:27 PM
BALLMY ARMY
Also, once he puts the make-up on, the dude has a promising second career as a member of KISS.
Sarah Thomas
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Sarah Thomas,
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8/23/2013 | 12:37:53 PM
Re: BALLMY ARMY
Maybe that's his retirement plan...KISS seems to be one of the many comparisons for Ballmer:



DanJones
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8/23/2013 | 12:40:49 PM
Re: BALLMY ARMY
Remind me next time you're in NYC and I'll tell you about the time I met Gene Simmonds.
@jopocop
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8/23/2013 | 1:04:17 PM
Ballmer Bails
Went to the Jobs movie last night, and while watching what happened to Jobs given the boot at the old Apple, I was wondering to myself how much longer will Gates support Ballmer. Here we are, the next day, and it finally happened.  Today, all of the comics come out of the woodwork to make laughs, jokes, spoofs, etc, yet, although well deserved, the bigger issue is that MSFT is a DOW 30 component that is a troubled company with an unknown future at this point.  Many initiatives are failing or status quo.  The shift away from Windows to other OS is happening faster and faster.  Competitors everywhere, chipping away.  Past relationships are fading away, such as with HP and Dell and others. The next CEO has to be one heck of a brilliant and dynamic leader to reinvent the company for the next decade.  Too bad Marissa Mayer is already taken, but, that is the kind of person Microsoft will need to shake it up and make it a leader and not a follower.  
DanJones
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8/23/2013 | 1:10:10 PM
Re: Ballmer Bails
Yeah, it's hard to see who the replacement is:

 

Not Elop, surely?
sam masud
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8/26/2013 | 1:40:33 PM
Re: Ballmer Bails
Why not? Then we could say a final goodbye to MS :-(
mendyk
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8/23/2013 | 1:10:33 PM
What about the obvious?
Sometimes, people retire because ... they are ready to retire. Or at least they think they're ready. Not everyone wants to be carried out feet first from the corner office, although sometimes it seems that way.
@jopocop
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8/23/2013 | 1:47:49 PM
Re: What about the obvious?
I wonder if Eric Schmidt is on the short list, because his tenure at Chairman of Google is really kind of being a dead end job, even though Google's future is very cutting edge with going for the sky in everything tech.  Eric has the distinction of the Apple Board years, his dubious association with Jobs, and then again, he innovated and figured out Android and Chrome many current day Google products.  MSFT would need to pay and arm and leg to get him.  Another advantage, Eric has a direct line into the WH and Obama.  
DanJones
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8/23/2013 | 2:07:08 PM
Re: What about the obvious?
Interesting choice, they really would need to PAY LARGE though.

 

Any ex-Apple executives that might fit the bill?
nherbw
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8/23/2013 | 1:53:55 PM
Developers! Developers! Developers!


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