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Steve Ballmer Already Gave Execs His Retirement Date

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Looks like the current CEO of Microsoft will be sticking around until at least 2018. Windows Windows WINDOWS!!!

It doesn't look like Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer plans to step down from his position any time soon. Why? Because he said so. Ballmer made his plans well known back in 2008, admitting during a public speech that he won't go into retirement until after his youngest kid sets sail for college. Little did anyone know that Ballmer already revealed his retirement plans to other Microsoft executives even before his public revelation.

Business Insider is calling "exclusive" on insider information that claims Ballmer informed other Microsoft execs of his retirement plans way back in 2008 -- just before his public speech -- during a company retreat. According to the source, Ballmer specifically said retirement wouldn't happen until around 2017 or 2018 after his youngest heads off to college. Until then, he wasn’t going anywhere.

Now three years later, Ballmer has weathered the storm of low sales that took place in 2008 and 2009, and let slide calls from investors to step down. He also still has Bill Gates by his side who coincidentally is the chairman of the board. Gates said he'll never ask Ballmer to leave, and even gives advice when Ballmer approaches with questions about executive appointments, evaluating good technical product leaders, acquisitions and more.

"This person is a fan of Ballmer, and says that his passion, integrity, and business sense are excellent ," Business Insider reports, referring to the unnamed source. "He really knows in detail the performance of every product group and sales team in the company, and his enthusiasm really is like that in private, too. But this person also worries that Ballmer lacks the vision to figure out which business areas to bet on for the long term."

So there you have it: Ballmer will likely stick around as Microsoft CEO until at least 2018. That means we'll have around six more years of flying fists and crazy, over-the-top antics to keep us both amused and informed until his eventual departure. Still, Microsoft without Ballmer would be like McDonald's without Ronald... it just wouldn't be the same.

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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 11:09 AM
    "He wasn't going anywhere" you mean will not be going
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    nebun , January 12, 2012 11:19 AM
    considering what he has to work with he is doing very well.....Microsoft is still making money :) 
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    COLGeek , January 12, 2012 11:35 AM
    Good for Steve in that he can still capture the headlines with this "non-news". Execs say stuff like this all of the time and it is generally meaningless. Must be a slow day in the world of tech news (so far).
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    back_by_demand , January 12, 2012 11:47 AM
    Nice to know retirement plans are based on his family, makes him seem more human somehow...
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    mobrocket , January 12, 2012 11:59 AM
    2018 hooray... i feel bad for whomever takes over then, cus they wont be inheriting the same company that ballmer got....

    but then again, i guess it better to follow after ballmer instead of gates
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    cookoy , January 12, 2012 12:05 PM
    Enthusiasm is one of the key ingredients for a great leader. It's inspiring to see a boss who puts in his 100% effort every time. But up to a point. Once a diligent group sees not much progress is being made with all their efforts, or worse, that their goals don't seem to make sense anymore, then you've got a problem. Overall i think SB is doing an excellent job. You win some, you lose some. What counts is at the end your winnings far exceed your losses.
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    teodoreh , January 12, 2012 1:00 PM
    I like Ballmer - at least he's a real person, not a hypocrite hidden behind turtle necks and fancy presentations.
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    billybobser , January 12, 2012 1:05 PM
    ledgend.

    Don't see how you can criticise the guy. If you don't like Microsoft, he's a bit of a nutter and will provide mild amusement, conversely if you're not blinded by what your company told you to think, he's enthusiastic and doesn't talk hyperbolic bullshit.

    "Developers, Developers, Developers".

    They are most important, unless you have other companies develop ideas, then patent them.
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    win7guru , January 12, 2012 1:52 PM
    Steve Ballmer and a clown, best comparison ever!!!
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 2:12 PM
    "Nice to know retirement plans are based on his family, makes him seem more human somehow..."

    I don't know. Considering he doesn't want to retire until after his youngest heads to college, it sounds like he doesn't want to spend time with his family.

    No, you're right, that does make him human.
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    beardguy , January 12, 2012 2:50 PM
    Sorry, but Steve Ballmer is about as uncool as they come. I'm not attacking his personal character or leadership skills (I'm sure he's a nice guy). But for marketing and the way people perceive Microsoft, they really need a new spokesperson.

    Microsoft needs a big shift to happen if they want to stay relevant. They seem to have lost their identity. And as the quote suggests, I get the impression Microsoft is not sure what markets to focus it's attention on. They have pretty much failed in the phone and tablet arena.
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    warezme , January 12, 2012 2:51 PM
    "like McDonalds without Ronald", if its a comparison of one clown to another, perhaps.

    I would rather McDonalds have quality food then a clown, in which case the analogy remains.
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    Anonymous , January 12, 2012 4:01 PM
    "IMO he has been doing a good job in microsoft"

    Not according to shareholders. Their stock hasn't gone anywhere since Ballmer took the helm.
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    Onus , January 12, 2012 4:07 PM
    "Still, Microsoft without Ballmer would be like McDonald's without Ronald... it just wouldn't be the same."

    Likening Ballmer to a clown is an EPIC WIN.
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    lathe26 , January 12, 2012 5:08 PM
    2018: the year Microsoft invokes its garbage collector.
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    beardguy , January 12, 2012 5:12 PM
    lathe262018: the year Microsoft invokes its garbage collector.


    2018 Steve Ballmer goes out with a bang, brings back Clippy. :) 
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    freggo , January 12, 2012 6:09 PM
    Gates heading Microsoft was a 'win' for all geeks out there who can not scrape up a date.
    So that makes Ballmer the hero of all bald, middle aged, bad tempered bullies.

    Sorry, Ballmer is no Lee Iacocca or Soichiro Honda. He's just an arrogant, sweaty guy in a powerful position.
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    ta152h , January 12, 2012 6:46 PM
    It's a good time to short sell Microsoft. Then again, it's already taken such a beating from this incompetent clown, maybe it's too late.

    It's easy to see Microsoft as just a company that plain sucks and does nothing right, and to assume that's just their corporate style. But, without Ballmer, they might actually do something good and have success outside of their monopolies, which are eroding.

    He needs to go. Three years ago, not six years from now.
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    jackbling , January 12, 2012 9:19 PM
    ms made 2.5b profit in 05

    they pulled 5.8b profit in 2011


    I'll never understand the hate for this guy, he is a ceo...not an engineer/developer.
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    Shin-san , January 12, 2012 9:23 PM
    ta152hIt's a good time to short sell Microsoft. Then again, it's already taken such a beating from this incompetent clown, maybe it's too late. It's easy to see Microsoft as just a company that plain sucks and does nothing right, and to assume that's just their corporate style. But, without Ballmer, they might actually do something good and have success outside of their monopolies, which are eroding. He needs to go. Three years ago, not six years from now.
    Actually, Microsoft makes a lot of money. They just had a net income of $5 billion for their last 3-month report. Microsoft also seems to be licensing out software and APIs a lot more, starting more down the road of the IBM model.

    Also, it's a good time to sell off Microsoft stock simply because it's close to a peak in the stock market.
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