Ballmer

  • A Look Back In Ballmer

    Yesterday, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer exited the company’s board. It marked the end of an era for the software company, and showed, simply, how much the technology industry has changed since Ballmer first took the reins at Microsoft more than a decade ago. For a look back, I’ve compiled a number of important events and dates from Ballmer’s time at Microsoft, up… Read More

  • Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Said To Buy LA Clippers For $2B

    Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Said To Buy LA Clippers For $2B

    Steve Ballmer, best known for his long tenure as the CEO of Microsoft, is reportedly set to purchase the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team for $2 billion, according to the LA Times. Previously, he had been tipped to bid $1.8 billion for the team. The Clippers are in flux at the moment after their owner, Donald Sterling, was recorded saying a number of racist comments. The NBA fined him. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Satya Nadella On Outgoing CEO Ballmer’s Legacy, Management Style, And Vision

    Microsoft’s Satya Nadella On Outgoing CEO Ballmer’s Legacy, Management Style, And Vision

    ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley today published an interview with Microsoft’s Satya Nadella, one of its key executives and a candidate to be its next CEO. The discussion as written focuses on the legacy and style of the company’s outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer, with whom Nadella has worked closely. Given the CEO buzz about Nadella, his views, and criticisms of Ballmer matter. If you are at… Read More

  • Interview Confirms Ballmer Wasn’t Fired, But His Exit Was Accelerated

    Interview Confirms Ballmer Wasn’t Fired, But His Exit Was Accelerated

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was not forced out of his role at the company, but its board did hasten his exit, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, whose sources include Ballmer himself, as well as a number of his lieutenants. Ballmer’s exit was not a firing over the painful reported a $900 million charge related to the Surface tablet line that was recorded earlier this… Read More

  • Ballmer’s Biggest Regret Is Missing Out On “The New Device Called The Phone”

    Ballmer’s Biggest Regret Is Missing Out On “The New Device Called The Phone”

    Wrapping its analyst meetup, Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer revealed his largest regret regarding product choices: Missing out on phones, which he claims has harmed Windows itself. If Gates was late to the Internet, Ballmer was late to phones. It’s oddly nice to hear him admit it out loud. That Vista was what cost Microsoft early aggression into phones is almost ironic. Read More

  • Microsoft’s Next CEO Will Not Spin Off Xbox, Unless They Abdicate The Company’s Larger Strategic Direction

    Microsoft’s Next CEO Will Not Spin Off Xbox, Unless They Abdicate The Company’s Larger Strategic Direction

    A story published by Bloomberg floats the idea that Microsoft might spin off its Xbox business, which it calls “more likely [following current CEO Steve Ballmer's] exit.” The publication values Xbox at around $17 billion, a figure based on a comparative revenue multiple with Nintendo. This is precisely the sort of bilge that cavorts and pretends to be serious analysis. Read More

  • Microsoft Surrenders Ballmer Bump, Shares Up Just 2.4% Since The News Of His Exit

    Microsoft Surrenders Ballmer Bump, Shares Up Just 2.4% Since The News Of His Exit

    Microsoft announced the eventual exit of its CEO a week ago today, and its stock jumped to more past the $35 mark before settling at $34.75. At one point, Microsoft was worth $18 billion more than it was before Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down. Since that moment, Microsoft has drifted lower. At current trading levels, Microsoft is up a mere 2.4% from its pre-Ballmer levels. Read More

  • Playing Ballmer Bingo, Could Microsoft’s Next CEO Come From Google?

    Playing Ballmer Bingo, Could Microsoft’s Next CEO Come From Google?

    There are whispers bouncing around Silicon Valley that a Google executive might be selected as Microsoft’s next CEO. The concept isn’t out of the question, especially following Marissa Mayer’s move to Yahoo. That transition has gone, by most accounts, well. To become the next CEO of Microsoft, a number of traits are required: Experience leading teams at scale; experience… Read More

  • Inside Ballmer’s Exit And Who Definitely Won’t Be Microsoft’s Next CEO

    Inside Ballmer’s Exit And Who Definitely Won’t Be Microsoft’s Next CEO

    Today Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he will retire in the next 12 months. His successor is not known, but the move marks the end of an era in technology, as Ballmer himself has become a controversial stalwart in the sector. Read More

  • Steve Ballmer’s Classy Exit

    Steve Ballmer’s Classy Exit

    Microsoft is a company struggling to be reborn, but its new trajectory is something Ballmer steered. Were mistakes made under his tenure? Certainly. But that doesn’t mean Ballmer isn’t leaving on a high note. In fact, his exit is classy: He stuck around longer than few others would have, and the concluding years of his tenure as CEO have been his best. Read More

  • Ballmer’s Exit Adds $18 Billion To Microsoft’s Value As Investors Cheer Its Impending Leadership Change

    Ballmer’s Exit Adds $18 Billion To Microsoft’s Value As Investors Cheer Its Impending Leadership Change

    Today Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that within 12 months, he will exit as the company’s leader. A special consortium at the company will work to find his replacement. And that person won’t be Steve Sinofsky or Bill Gates so calm down. The news, announced before the bell this morning, has sent Microsoft’s stock up, but not as high as you might think. Read More

  • Ballmer Admits What We All Knew: Microsoft Built Far Too Many Surfaces

    Ballmer Admits What We All Knew: Microsoft Built Far Too Many Surfaces

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has internally admitted that Microsoft built too many Surface RT units. We already knew that. That overproduction cost the company $900 million in its most recent quarter, or $0.07 per share. Read More

  • Who Honestly Wants Bill Gates To Come Back And Run Microsoft?

    Who Honestly Wants Bill Gates To Come Back And Run Microsoft?

    Bill Gates is not coming back to Microsoft as its CEO. He’s not. He’s said so again and again. And yet, today, some unsourced rumors began to circulate that the man was coming back to manage the company he helped found. It’s not happening. That should go without saying, but at this point I’ve surrendered to reading the same crap at least twice a year. Read More

  • We’ve Heard A Similar Reaction To Google Glass Somewhere Before

    We’ve Heard A Similar Reaction To Google Glass Somewhere Before

    Google Glass is finding its way to developers and others and the reaction has been, well, predictable. So far, there are those who think that Glass will absolutely change the world, that it’s our version of the flying car. Those people are full of shit. On the other side of the coin, there are those who say that Glass will never find a place in the hearts of consumers, that… Read More

  • All Microsoft Build Attendees Get Free Surface Tablets, Lumia 920 And 100GB Of SkyDrive Storage

    All Microsoft Build Attendees Get Free Surface Tablets, Lumia 920 And 100GB Of SkyDrive Storage

    Just as Google is known for giving away free devices to I/O attendees, Microsoft also used its Build developer conference today to hand out free hardware to all of its Build attendees. Every Build attendees will get a Microsoft Surface RT 32GB with a touch cover. In addition, attendees will also get 100GB of free SkyDrive storage. Read More

  • Ballmer: Windows 8 PCs Are “The Best PCs Ever.” The Experience Is “Truly Magical”

    Ballmer: Windows 8 PCs Are “The Best PCs Ever.” The Experience Is “Truly Magical”

    At Windows 8 launch event, Microsoft co-founder and CEO Steve Ballmer took the stage to discuss Windows 8 on desktops, laptops and tablets today. According to Ballmer, who was his own energetic self today, today marks the start of a “new era for Microsoft and our customers.” According to Ballmer, the new slate of Windows PCs that’s coming on the market in the next few weeks… Read More

  • Microsoft’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Decade

    Microsoft’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Decade

    Microsoft capped off decades of regular growth with their first down quarter in history. This news, coupled with a number of stories regarding Microsoft’s bureaucratic malaise and slow Windows Phone handset sales point to the company essentially losing the hearts and minds of their most ardent supporters. Microsoft had many wins. The Xbox is a notable success and Windows 8 could lead to… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang on Google CEO Eric Schmidt's Resignation

    Gillmor Gang 1.22.11 (TCTV)

    The abrupt retirement/resignation/deck chair shifting of Google CEO Eric Schmidt couldn’t have been timed better — if you were Facebook. As dissected by the Gillmor Gang, the news of Larry Page’s reascension to the throne seemed just one more shoe dropping in the wake of Steve Ballmer’s axing of Bob Muglia, Steve Jobs’ step back to focus on his health, and… Read More

  • Ship or Get Off the Pot

    On Tuesday Steve Ballmer fired Bob Muglia, and Google fired H.264 from Chrome. The tubes are heated up with analysis of these two seemingly unassociated events, and I figure I’ll mash them together into a counter-intuitive scenario. The unifying driver: Tuesday’s new iPhone 4 announcement from Verizon. We hear lots about Android these days as a million tablets bloom at CES. But… Read More

  • Ballmer hints that new Xbox styles may be coming

    And lo, from the Ballmer came the words, and the words were about the Xbox, and they did ponder the words as to what they meant. And then the idle speculation started, and people started posting stuff on the internet, and it just got silly. But judging from (and speculating from) some comments that Ballmer said at a recent UW speech, there’s a pretty good chance that there may be some… Read More