Ballmer

  • 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