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Steve Ballmer to Step Down as CEO of Microsoft

Ballmer and Windows Phone 8 HardwareMicrosoft has built an empire around software but is seeking to transition to other areas. This is one reason Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer cited in his recent decision to step down within the next year.

A Look at Microsoft’s Business Goals for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

According to Ballmer, who will most likely retire, “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. 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.”

This came as part of the official announcement posted by Microsoft last week.

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet interviewed Ballmer this past week, which included questions about his biggest accomplishment and regret. I also found an article exploring Ballmer’s mixed results at the helm of Microsoft by Don Clark and Shira Ovide of the Wall Street Journal insightful. Both of these articles offer links to candidates for Ballmer’s successor.

Changes on this scale may be delayed in coming but will certainly affect Office and the many other areas of Microsoft’s business.

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Microsoft has built an empire around software but is seeking to transition to other areas. This is one reason Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer cited in his recent decision to step down within the next year.

A Look at Microsoft's Business Goals for the 2013-2014 Fiscal Year

According to Ballmer, who will most likely retire, "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. 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."

This came as part of the official announcement posted by Microsoft last week.

Mary Jo Foley of ZDNet interviewed Ballmer this past week, which included questions about his biggest accomplishment and regret. I also found an article exploring Ballmer's mixed results at the helm of Microsoft by Don Clark and Shira Ovide of the Wall Street Journal insightful. Both of these articles offer links to candidates for Ballmer's successor.

Changes on this scale may be delayed in coming but will certainly affect Office and the many other areas of Microsoft's business.

Microsoft Office Resources, Tutorials, and More

About.Software.com Pinterest ButtonOffice.About.com Twitter ButtonOffice.About.com Facebook ButtonOffice.About.com Google Plus ButtonOffice.About.com RSS Button

(c) Image of Steve Ballmer with Windows 8 Hardware Courtesy of Microsoft

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