Skip to comments.Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire within a Year
Posted on 08/23/2013 6:16:04 AM PDT by tje
Microsoft announced today that CEO Steve Ballmer will retire from his position within 12 months.
The company's board has begun the process of looking for a new CEO.
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I’ll be watching the MSFT stock opening for reaction.
Up $2.86 (10%) in pre-market trading.
I do believe many people have wanted this.. Now, I wonder who’ll they’ll get to replace him.
Long past time, IMO. Ultimate responsibility for the "Windows 8" fiasco resides with him. Did I say "I hate Windows 8"??? This turkey will probably go down in history as Microsoft's biggest operating system screw-up. Worse than ME, worse than Vista.
Good old W8 just tossed me another curve ball this morning. I have a Roland MDX-40A "subtractive 3D printer" (fancy name for a small CNC mill) whose control PC died. I needed a new desktop unit in a hurry, so ran down to Office Depot, and they had a great deal on a HP "All-in-One" unit. It came with W8 pre-loaded. It took me a full week, including much back-and-forth with Roland to get the MDX to even run with W8.
So I have the machine(s) up and working for about a month now, and suddenly, for no discernable reason, the MDX-40A CAM software is halting in mid-run and giving me "runtime errors". I ran precisely the same machine, software, and specific model with no problems just last week.
So, obviously some or other "automatic upgrade" must have broken things somewhere. So I'll probably have to spend another week figuring out and fixing THIS error.
I HATE WINDOWS 8.
I never understood why Microsoft would think that people want a tablet OS on a desktop.
I also didn’t understand why they thought people dancing would make me want to buy their crap.
And I wonder if they’ll give Ballmer a case of Surface RT tablets as a departing gift. It’d be fitting.
What people (who actually have work to do) want is a tablet that runs desktop PROGRAMS. They want to run WORD, EXCEL, etc. etc. on their tablets AND on their desktops. So, as usual, Microsoft did it just ass backwards. Too much time copying from Apple rather than understanding their own market.
Microsoft OWNS the desktop (which includes pretty nearly any computer that runs external hardware, like CNC lathes, mills, gas chromatographs, mass spectrometers, and on and on for "workaday world hardware"). That market will NEVER go away, and will never get smaller. The MACHINES will get smaller, as they get more powerful. And THE key feature of this market is BACKWARDS COMPATIBILITY. New machines and OS's MUST be able to run legacy hardware and software.
Once upon a time, Microsoft understood this. Apple, OTOH, has ALWAYS screwed their customers by cutting off "legacy" stuff. They did it with the switch from the Apple II to the Mac, and any number of other times.
Business runs on Wintel. Period. I suspect M'soft hired some ex-Apple folks, and they brought their "screw the customer" notions along. And "Windows 8" is the result.
The best thing that M'soft can do to recover from this is to perfect their virtual machine capability, and set up their licensing so that when a new OS is issued, their loyal customers can download (for free) any of M'softs older OS's to run in that virtual machine on the new OS.
This seems to be to be the best way to handle the "legacy market" (which is HUGE).