Ballmer Stepping Down Indicates New Direction for Microsoft
Last Friday, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, announced that he will be stepping down sometime in the next year.
This news was not totally unexpected, following some of the lackluster performances of recent Microsoft products. Ballmer took over Microsoft as CEO after Bill Gates decided to step back to an advisory role on the board in 2000. Since then, many have felt that the company has been unable to keep pace with the changing market, as mobile devices become more and more prominent.
According to Ballmer, the process of finding a successor has been under way for several years, and his successor will help the company transition into the modern market. Ballmer said in a public statement that Microsoft needs a “CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction” as the company transitions to being centered on devices and services.
So, what does this development mean for the company? While it is too early to tell, it is possible that with a new leader Microsoft will have the opportunity to revamp its strategy and take a new, more successful direction.
Although some elements of Microsoft have struggled, many feel that especially in Enterprise Technology Microsoft remains a major contender – Windows Server, Exchange, SQL Server, and Office remain significant elements of how businesses operate. With this solid base in Business Productivity and opportunities to develop cloud and mobile applications, a new CEO could mean a new era for the company.
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