Mary Jo Foley’s special on Steve Ballmer to Fortune today went online. The special post includes words from Microsoft’s top executives on Steve Ballmer, Steve Ballmer himself talking about his work and a look at the legacy Steve Ballmer leaves on Microsoft. It revealed few interesting information on Steve Ballmer, here are some of them.
- Steve Ballmer was largely responsible for settling all the anti-trust issues Microsoft faced in the 1990s.
When Ballmer took over as CEO, Microsoft was in the midst of fighting a bitter antitrust complaint brought against the company in 1998 by the U.S. government and 20 states. For several years, Gates’ attitude suggested that he would rather fight the claims than settle; upon replacing Gates, Ballmer made it a top priority for the company to put the cases behind it as quickly as possible.
- Steve Ballmer played a significant role in building Microsoft a dominant enterprise player with more than $20 billion in revenue in the recent quarter.
- Steve Ballmer was the one who kickstarted Xbox business for Microsoft. Ballmer backed the team every step of the way, even when Microsoft took a billion-dollar write-off in 2008 due to Red Ring of Death issues.
It’s definitely worth a read. Read the full article from the link below.