Microsoft has today announced that their CEO, Steve Ballmer will be retiring from the company within the next 12 months, stepping down from the job as soon as Microsoft finds a new successor, something which he says is a new strategy for the company, explaining with the following in the companies press release:

“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.”

The person to take over from Ballmer will be chosen by a special committee chaired by John Thompson and including the company’s founder, Bill Gates.

Ballmer first joined Microsoft in 1980, taking over from Gates after he stepped down from CEO in 2000, since which time Ballmer defiantly led the company the bigger and better things, including the release of Windows XP, and maybe even Windows 8, depending on your opinion.

However some of his other releases didn’t go so well, most notably Windows Mobile which is still struggling to find a place in the smartphone market.

Despite any of this however, I am sure Ballmer will certainly be missed, especially for his more than energetic keynotes.

Source: Microsoft

Via: The Verge

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