Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed today that he will be retiring from the company within the next year. The immediate response from the financial market was one of optimism, as evidenced through a jump in the stock price. Regardless of your opinion of Ballmer, there's no denying that he's played an essential role in the rise of the world's largest software company.
Take a trip down memory lane with an infographic courtesy of our sister site LAPTOP:
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Sad to say the store doesn't have that many patrons.
The sad part is, this clown will get a huge bonus (on top of what he's already got) and will live the rest of his care-free life thinking he was one of the greatest assets at MS.
though that said, the company itself has stifled the PC industry and abused its monopoly position for decades. I mean the same people that post here bitching about how crappy M$ is are the same people throwing Balmer to the wolves for ruining the company
surely if he really is destroying microsoft then long may he stay!
VISTA shouldn't have been released when it was. MS should have waited at least 6 more months and fixed things, oh and only released a 64 bit version. They could have kept XP as 32 bit for a few more versions (XP SE, XP Final Edition) and had VISTA on as the 64 bit flagships. But then I wasn't head of MS, so not my fault things worked out as they did.
Pc sales slumped BEFORE Windows 8
Never, ever, EVER listen to consumers as you'll get 10 different answers, requests and ideas. None of those 10 customers will EVER all agree on nearly anything. It's suicide to do such a thing.