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This week’s poll question is: Are You Sad About Steve Ballmer Retiring?

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I thought long and hard about this week’s poll, but at the end realized that I simply had no choice. This week’s poll just had to be about Steve Ballmer 5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer 5 Funny Videos Starring Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer A lot of people really don't like Steve Ballmer. Perhaps because he's Mr. Microsoft, or because he was (for many years) Bill Gates' lickspittle underling. Whatever the reason, he's a figure of fun in a... Read More . Whether you love it or hate it, Microsoft is a company that changed the way we use computers, and made the tech world all the more interesting for its rivalry with Apple. Steve Ballmer has been an icon of this company for more years than I care to remember, and one of the most controversial figures in the tech world throughout. Is his retirement good for Microsoft? Is it only downhill from here? We know what the world thinks, it’s now time to hear from you.

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  1. Chris M
    August 30, 2013 at 12:05 am

    No one really knows what is going to be changing at MS. I think we will have to wait and then we could answer this question. Or more along the lines of: "Are you sad with the changes that occurred when Ballmer retired?"

  2. likefunbutnot
    August 27, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Why do we CARE about who is running the show? Microsoft has never been a company that's near and dear to anyone's heart. If it takes a tumble because of shitty management, it was well-deserved.
    The things that Microsoft does right are largely not going to change in the near future because of management. Microsoft does support very well and it does documentation very well. It's still more or less the only game in town for some kinds of business software. Those things are not going to change. Microsoft wastes a lot of money trying to play in consumer technology, but frankly that's only because there are no more worlds to conquer for its business software and it has to at least TRY to grow, but a less-powerful Microsoft is a Microsoft that's more willing to cooperate in standards-making processes.

    The general direction of IT market trends suggests to me that increasing centralization of IT resources combined with Microsoft's tone-deafness in mobile tech were going to make it increasingly irrelevant no matter who is in charge. And what would an agile, consumer-driven, mobile-focused Microsoft look like, anyway? What would Microsoft have to do to gain mindshare among developers, consumers and technology purchasing authorities?

    Basically, Microsoft has completed its transition in to IBM. It's not going to go away and everyone is going to keep using it, but at this point it's more like a utility than the driver of worldwide technology that it once was. I certainly don't think we can blame Ballmer for the fact that Microsoft isn't a lifestyle brand in the way that Apple is. It'll just have to settle for being the single point of commonality for every business that uses some kind of computer in its operations. Shucks.

  3. Bud
    August 26, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Seems that everything MicroSucks touched, bought-out, etc. has turned into bovine feces fertilizer for 3rd-world countries! I would like to buy an inexpensive laptop ( Apple's are too damned outrageously expensive, and I currently use an Apple iMac), but I'll be "damned if I ever use ANY of MicroSuck's OS's !!!

    • TechnoAngina
      August 27, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      Buy a used, off lease laptop. You can get remarkably good tech for relatively little if you don't need bleeding edge, plus Linux drivers are pretty solid on non-bleeding edge computers, though you do lose the Windows gaming environment.

  4. Domantas
    August 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    It's a good thing because when he announced it Microsoft shares went up 10%. The bad news is that, that made him nearly 1 billion. Everybody wants to see him go.

  5. Patrick Saunders
    August 26, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    They should've canned him after he did the monkey dance. Or approved the Zune.

  6. R Richardson
    August 26, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Ballmer was the infection of a sales guy to CEO, like most companies today. Don't get me wrong, sales guys are important, but few understand technology or innovation. I had the fortune of meeting one early in my career, but if I hear one more time "It's the sizzle that sells the steak," I am going to seriously harm that person. Sales people mostly don't understand you can have sizzle without the steak first. That is Ballmer, how many good products did he kill at MS because he could not understand they were still working on the core product? It is a wonder the Xbox ever got made. I am happy. I just hope they don't hire another hopped up sales person to run the company.

    • Asif178
      August 27, 2013 at 6:41 pm

      Couldnt have said this better

  7. Rob H
    August 26, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Big organisations are necessarily slow to change so I'm not expecting much impact on end-users for a while but change at the top does sometimes result in major reorganisations and change of direction so let's wait and see.

    Ballmer must be fairly depressed to see MS' stock valuation increase by USD1Bn on the news of his departure! (except of course he owns a fair chunk of MS stock so he benefits from that gain).

    I'm finding some of the negative comments here a bit sad. I don't like monopolies, they are bad for the consumer, we need several major players at the top of consumer IT products & services. We need a strong MS to help prevent Apple or Google becoming monopolies.

    As for the individual - like us all he's demonstrated strengths and weaknesses. His sales strengths helped give MS strong profits but I he's not helped deliver much in terms of new "wow factor" products.

  8. Krastan D
    August 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    i am sad about ballmer leaving because he had a great run at microsoft and really expanded on the hardware side although not all of it was success he got microsoft in the very populated race and i believe they can pull it off like they did with the xbox. he also made many mistakes like windows vista but they fixed it with windows 7. in the end he was a human being and i will be sad to see him go and will miss him at press events

  9. Krastan D
    August 25, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    i am sad about ballmer leaving because he had a great run at microsoft and really expanded on the hardware side although not all of it was success he got microsoft in the very populated race and i believe they can pull it off like they did with the xbox. he also made many mistakes like windows vista but they fixed it with windows 7. in the end he was a human being and i will be sad to see him go and will miss him at press events

  10. Keefe K
    August 25, 2013 at 9:49 pm

    I'm not sad at all to see him retire. It was sad when Steve Jobs resigned, because of what he had done for Apple. As for Ballmer, what has he done for Microsoft? Granted, he did increase the net profits over 200% for Microsoft, I cannot ignore the things Microsoft has done recently, that he's had a hand in. Mainly, that would be the Xbox One, the phase out of Messenger into Skype (before anyone jumps onto my back about this, this is out of personal preference between me and my friends), and Windows 8 (again, please don't get on my back for this...I had to removed Win8 from a friend's new computer because it was "unworkable", as he put it). In my eyes, he tried to copy Apple's success by well...copying Apple. But he forgot that one of the reasons I buy a Windows computer because it's not a Mac. Microsoft has lost it's way, and I hope that with maybe some new leadership, it can redeem itself. I'm sorry Bullmer, but I won't be sad to see you leave. I hope you will enjoy your retirement though!

    • R Richardson
      August 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly. I know there are many who hate Microsoft for being closed, but if you want the definition of closed program for Apple Machines. The idea that Ballmer wanted to force desktop and laptop users into serious repetitive stress injuries by using Win8 desktops like we would use WinPhones is as stupid and mind-numbing as it gets. Then to move to the Windows sealed up market place like iTunes is another stupid mistake. Android has destroyed, DESTROYED, Apple's lead due to open app markets and side loading. Windows destroyed, DESTROYED, Apple in the 1980's through now in desktops and laptops due to their open application environment. (Yeah, I know you Unix people are saying "open? open? How can he say 'open'", but be real for once. Few people can handle the so open only the priests of the OS can do anything end of the spectrum.) Ballmer is a mixed-up, confused sales person with a myopic understanding of his customers. So I am happy he is gone.

      • TechnoAngina
        August 27, 2013 at 2:48 pm

        You know you bring up some really good solid points about why I dislike Windows 8 so much. I don't think Ballmer did horribly, but I do think it's time for him to let someone with new ideas and someone willing to take smart risks to take the helm. Microsoft is a mature company now, but it needs some reinvigoration to bring it back to the forefront of the technology sphere. Let's face it Microsoft isn't sexy any more, which is fine, but you need some sexy to bring in the next generation. IBM didn't learn this and now they are a company of the outsourced and losing talent to companies that can be trusted not to offshore far more.

  11. dragonmouth
    August 25, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    It's a toss up on who did more damage to their company during their reign as CEO: Steve Ballmer, Gil Amelio or John Sculley.

    MSFT investors are ecstatic about Ballmer departing. The stock jumped 3 points as soon as the announcement was made public. MSFT hasn't seen that kind of upward movement in years.

  12. Brad K
    August 25, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I said "No" but actually I hoped he would stay on. He has driven m$ into the dirt and I figured if he stayed any longer... he would bankrupt them!

    That's what happens when someone "thinks" they know technology. They only prove how truly stupid they really are. The only skill Ballsnomore had was selling. Once he inserted the "my way, I know technology" commandant philosophy, it was only a matter of time... till the end of m$ or him.

  13. P J
    August 25, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Well, since Microsoft has reached a state where you are just waiting for it to loose its market share in desktop market, courtesy Windows 8/RT, it does not matter much. Also, it would take more than it took Yahoo! to hire Marissa Mayer to get it back on track.

  14. ReadandShare
    August 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    no.

  15. Kevin Jennings
    August 25, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    The only reason I'm sad to see Balmer go is because I enjoyed watching him destroy Microsoft!

    • Esaure
      August 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

      I agree with you

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