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Ballmer and Windows Phone 8 Hardware

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.

Microsoft Office Resources, Tutorials, and More

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Ballmer to Retire as Microsoft CEO

The chief exec and major shareholder of Microsoft, Steve Ballmer, has announced he will retire from the organization within the next 12 months, once a successor is found. “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said in a release earlier this week. The stock closed up more than 7% on Friday following the news. I wonder what billionaire Ballmer’s retirement will look like? What would you do if you were him?

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What If I Don’t Want to Retire?

Wanting to keep working forever is a perfectly reasonable choice. It may be a practical choice, considering our longer expected lifespans. But just because you want to work until you drop dead, doesn’t mean you should cease to save for retirement. Here’s a little lesson from Ant and Grasshopper.

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Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013

The Rolling Stones and Glastonbury, together at last

Rolling Stones at Glastonbury 2013

When two of the longest standing institutions in British rock were finally in the same place at the same time last weekend, millions of people all over the world were witnesses.

The Glastonbury festival began in 1970, then known as Pilson Festival, in honor of the village about five miles outside Glastonbury, England where it was held. The headline act was T Rex. This was about eight years after The Rolling Stones hit their first licks, in 1962. Given that the Stones and Glasto are as much a part of Brit tradition as fish & chips and afternoon tea, you would think that the two would have gotten together sooner, but last weekend’s performance at Glastonbury was the Stones’ first.

More then 100,000 festival goers were treated to a nearly two hour long set, a mixture of classic standards and newer songs. Millions more watched via a BBC broadcast and a live stream on the web.The band marked the occasion with a song written just for the performance, titled “Glastonbury Girl.”

There’s another milestone coming up for Mick Jagger. He turns 70 on July 26. He showed no signs of it during the typically energetic performance, and in response to the obligatory question in a pre-show BBC interview about when the band will retire, Jagger simply said, “I’ve no idea.”

Next up for the Stones are two performances in August at Hyde Park in London, as they continue their (so far) two year long celebration of their 50th anniversary.

Glastonbury 2013 photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images

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A-Rod soap opera has many more twists to come

There might not be a worse player-team relationship in sports history than what Alex Rodriguez and the New York Yankees have going right now. And there are about 114 million reasons why.

A quick recap of this week as Rodriguez continues to rehabilitate after hip surgery:

On Tuesday, Rodriguez tweeted that he was cleared to play in rehab games. That’s refuted by Cashman, who tells ESPN.com: “You know what, when the Yankees want to announce something, [we will]. … Alex should just shut the [expletive] up.”

(It’s not often you get an F-bomb from a big-league GM on the record.)

Cashman, a day later, said he regretted the comment and that he’d like Rodriguez to come back soon. On Saturday, Rodriguez told the AP that he feels great and that his relationship with the team is fine. Believe it? Sounds like a PR move on both ends.

But really, will he ever play for the Yankees again? That would be questionable, according to a report by Bill Madden and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News that Rodriguez plans to return, then retire because of the hip. It would be a career-ending injury, allowing him to collect the remainder of his $114 million and fade off into the sunset. It’s all about staying one step ahead of the “law,” which in this instance is MLB and the ongoing Biogenesis investigation.

“It’s all about him getting his money and not losing it to suspension,” a source told the Daily News. “He knows he’s never going to the Hall of Fame. All that’s left for him is to make sure he gets his money — all of it.”

So to sum it all up: Does A-Rod really want to play this season? Maybe. Do the Yankees want him to play? Maybe. (They have nothing better at third base, but he’d almost certainly be a massive distraction to Joe Girardi’s team at this point. But there’s a chance they could get insurance to pick up some of that horrible contract. But could the insurance company fight back and say this is all a scheme?)

Will MLB let him play? In the short term, yes. By the time they’re ready to disclose the results of their investigation (probably months away)? Probably not.

So many questions, and perhaps a few of them will be answered in the next few months.

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Blog Post: Microsoft Dynamics Certification Retirements for July 2013

I hope everyone that came to TechEd North America had a great time and took the opportunity to come and visit us at our booth. I talked with a number of you on how we could provide a better means to support you in your career as an IT Professional, Developer, Partner and Trainer. One thing that came up in many of our discussions is the retirement of certifications and how we could be doing a better job at communicating certification retirements. Our Certifications Product Management team, is committed to providing you this information on a regular basis. Leave us a comment to help us improve how we communicate this information in the future. What format you would like to see? What is the best communications channel (Born to Learn blog, email, social media, etc.) to distribute this information to you? Your input is greatly appreciated.

This blog post will provide our Microsoft Dynamics Partners, Microsoft Learning Partners, Microsoft Certified Trainers and Microsoft Certified Professional an update on retiring Microsoft Dynamics certifications.

Earlier this year, we updated a number of Microsoft Learning website pages to drive awareness that the following Microsoft Dynamics certifications that will be retired on July 8, 2013:

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Applications for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Developer for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Installation and Configuration for Microsoft Dynamics AX 4.0

  

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Applications
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Customization and Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Extending Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS): Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 Installation and Configuration
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Applications for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Developer for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Installation and Deployment for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0

  

  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Applications for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Developer for Microsoft Dynamics NAV
  • Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Installation and Configuration for Microsoft Dynamics NAV

This is our first wave of Microsoft Dynamics certification retirements. We plan to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS and MCITP certifications by December 31, 2014. We will announce the next wave of Microsoft Dynamics certification retirements later this summer. New Microsoft Dynamics certifications will be announced over the coming 18 months.

For individuals who have earned one or more of these retired certifications, they will continue to appear on their transcripts under Legacy status.

 

Related Resources:

Retired Exams

Retired Certifications



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Will Gen-X Become Gen-No Exit?

It was with much frustration that I read this article, Gen Xers May Never Be Able to Retire, on CBS Marketwatch. As a member of Gen-X, I have been told all of my life that I won’t measure up compared to my parents. This is just one more arrow in that particular quiver.

I try to do everything I can to prove articles like these wrong. We are the same generation that built the modern Internet and continues to innovate in the corporate world, in science and healthcare, and in terms of creativity and design. Perhaps we will be the generation to solve our retirement crisis before it happens? Join me, fellow Xers! Start saving for retirement today.

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Try It Before You Buy It: J. Cole – Born Sinner

Man, I thought I was going to have to retire this column. Not so fast, says J. Cole. His second album, Born Sinner, is broadcasting live on bornsinner.com. Hop on over there to try it before you buy it (street date: June 18th). Come back and tell me what you think.

  • Stream: J. Cole – Born Sinner

Artwork © Roc Nation

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Retirees Get Older

The latest Gallup Economy and Personal Finance survey finds that the average age at which peole actually retire is now 61. Twenty years ago, in the early ’90s, the age was 57.

The folks at Gallup says the average retirement age will only increase in the coming years. I fully expect to retire around 71, and that’s OK with me. I keep thinking of that Prudential “age stickers” commercial where they ask people to give the age of the oldest person they know. The people place stickers on the age, creating a visual map that’s very powerful. It shows we are living longer, and should prepare ourselves to work a bit longer, especially if we haven’t prepared for retirement in the early years.

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Barbara Walters to Retire

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