Bill Gates will forever be the number one name attached to the company, but the powerful locomotive that steams ahead at Microsoft is clearly Steve Ballmer.
So surprising it is, then, to read a rumor that says that Ballmer will step down from his position at Microsoft following the release of Windows 8. Website Windows8update.com said it received a tip from a source that says that the current Microsoft CEO will resign sometime after the launch of Windows 8.
The source said that, regardless of whether or not Windows 8 is a success in the marketplace, the new OS release will be Ballmer's final accomplishment.
Again, to be absolutely clear, this is just a rumor from an unnamed tipster, so at this point it serves as little more than just an interesting conversation point.
So who would be next in line to lead Microsoft if Ballmer were to ride off into the sunset? It could very well be Windows President Steven Sinofsky, who lead the team on Windows 7 and is overseeing development on Windows 8.
Ballmer has been the CEO of Microsoft since January 2000. His time at the company stretches back to 1980 when he was the first Business Manager hired by Bill Gates. After 32 years at the company, could Steve Ballmer be thinking about retirement?