Over this labor day weekend I was working on an editorial analyzing some of the implications of getting Stephen Elop onboard as Microsoft’s next CEO.  Spending time with family kept me quite busy and I never quite finished it as early as I had intended.  And then this morning I get to work, I see a message from Pradeep, BOOM, Microsoft has acquired Nokia.  Well I hate for my editorial to go to complete waste, so I’m going to share what my thoughts were before the announcement and publish part of it anyways.  I made some incorrect assumptions in the editorial I was writing, but I got some things correct too.  Here it is for those interested in its rough, unfinished form: Stephen Elop.  Stephen Elop.  Stephen Elop.  Now say it with me, Stephen Elop.  I have not gone a two seconds, since Microsoft CEO Steven Ballmer’s retirement announcement, without hearing the Nokia ...

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The powers that be at Microsoft unleashed their attack dog, Frank Shaw to punch back at the tech press; justifiably so, I only wish they would have done it sooner.  For the past few days we have seen nothing “news articles” slamming Ballmer.  Sure he has made some major mistakes, but there was not even a slight attempt to balance the coverage even slightly.  The problem is that what is written on tech blogs is regurgitated into the mainstream press.  For example Forbes call Ballmer the worst CEO ever of any publically traded company. Ballmer doubled profits, tripled revenues and served as Bill Gates’ right hand man since near the inception of the company.  Half of Microsoft’s billion dollar businesses came to fruition under Ballmer.  Ballmer certainly wasn’t the greatest CEO ever but given the circumstances and the situation he inherited I thought he did an okay  job.  And it’s ...

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My third favorite Australian (behind Rupert Murdoch & Michelle Jeneke) and well known technology enthusiast Long Zheng had an interesting set of tweets shortly after Ballmer’s retirement announcement. In his typical humorous fashion, using the hashtag #IfIWereMSFTCEO on twitter, Zheng pondered a number of things he would immediately do if Microsoft named him CEO. What would you do as Microsoft CEO? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.  We’ll do a follow-up post with the best ideas.   What would you do as Microsoft CEO? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.  We’ll do a follow-up post with the best ideas. Please follow Long Zheng on twitter and his startup 121cast (SoundGecko) ...

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You may remember almost two years ago then president of PayPal, Scott Thompson, agreed to become CEO of Yahoo.  It turns out he had some factual inaccuracies on his resume, including not actually having obtained a degree in computer science.  This controversy led to him resigning and Ross Levinsohn was named interim CEO.  Levinson truly believed he would be named permanent CEO, and as it turns out he would have been if not for Marissa Mayer. However, in the time Levinson was CEO of Yahoo, he put together a radical plan for the company and started to implement it at full speed.  BI reports: Levinsohn walked into the room; all of his top executives followed. There was Jim Heckman, Levinsohn’s top dealmaker, who’d spent months negotiating a huge deal with Microsoft Levinsohn told the board that, under his direction, Heckman had begun negotiating a deal with Microsoft to exchange Yahoo’s ...

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Mary-Jo Foley got 15 minutes with Ballmer (as well as a number of other reporters), he talked about his biggest regret: Oh, you know, I’ve actually had a chance to make a lot of mistakes, and probably because, you know, people all want to focus in on period A, period B, but I would say probably the thing I regret most is the, what shall I call it, the loopedy-loo that we did that was sort of Longhorn to Vista. I would say that’s probably the thing I regret most. And, you know, there are side effects of that when you tie up a big team to do something that doesn’t prove out to be as valuable. Source: Mary-Jo Foley ...

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Microsoft stock is surging on the announcement that CEO Steve Ballmer will be retiring.  Some of this is of course due to sentiment analysis and also due to the dive the stock took after last quarter’s earning results. I wouldn’t read too much into this, the stock can quickly go down as it has gone up.  If some investors had their way, Microsoft would sell off Bing and Xbox.  AllThingsD reports According to Microsoft’s latest proxy, Ballmer owns 333,252,990 shares of the company. At yesterday’s closing price of $32.39, they were worth approximately $10.794 billion. But this morning, after Ballmer disclosed his retirement plans, Microsoft’s share price rose some seven percent, pushing the value of Ballmer’s stake to $11.563 billion, and making him $769 million in the process. Source: AllThingsD ...

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Microsoft CEO today revealed his plans to retire from Microsoft within 12 months from now. Steve wrote a letter to all the employees of Microsoft, read it here. In an interview to Seattle Times, Steve spoke on few things that are interesting. On why he retired before his youngest son went to college - “so we have a successor in place so we can lead a multi-year journey, or  I would have to sign up long enough so I don’t leave mid-stream.” His biggest accomplishment - “giving birth to the notion that people are going to use intelligent devices for their own personal usage.” “When I joined Microsoft, my parents asked me two questions,” he said. “My dad asked: ‘What’s software?’ My mom asked me: ‘Why would a personal ever need a computer?’” Microsoft played “an incredible role in making personal intelligent devices happen,” while also returning profits and cash ...

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A very personal email from Steve Ballmer to all Microsoft employees explaining he will retire within the year: I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months, after a successor is chosen. There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our transformation to a devices and services company focused on empowering customers in the activities they value most. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction. You can read the press release on Microsoft News Center. This is a time of important transformation for Microsoft. Our new Senior Leadership team is amazing. The strategy we have generated is first class. Our new organization, which is centered on functions and ...

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Sad news for us longtime Microsoft observers, Steve Ballmer has announced he will retire within the year. During the re-org it was hinted that he wanted a natural successor to emerge many times. Read the official statement, we’ll have a full analysis later today: REDMOND, Wash. — Aug.23, 2013 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most. “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing ...

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In last year’s Shareholder Letter, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote Last year in this letter I said that over time, the full value of our software will be seen and felt in how people use devices and services at work and in their personal lives. This is a significant shift, both in what we do and how we see ourselves — as a devices and services company. It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses. The work we have accomplished in the past year and the roadmap in front of us brings this to life. I think we can all agree Microsoft certainly has moved to become more of a devices and services.  Products have been unified, brands have been solidified, and a faster, bolder company has emerged. Ballmer is now planning on a ...

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During Microsoft’s shareholder meeting today CEO Steve Ballmer acknowledged to shareholders that Microsoft should have moved quicker into hardware. “Sometimes getting the innovation right across the seam between hardware and software is difficult unless you do both of them,” he said, noting it was  something “maybe we should have done” earlier. “Bill did hold up a tablet many years ago,” when it was observed that Microsoft called tablets the future in 2001. “Maybe if we had started innovating then, which is what we really did with Surface,” Mr. Ballmer said, “maybe we should have done that earlier. Maybe that tablet shift would have been sooner.” “But we are building a big business working with those partners and serving a lot of needs,” he added. “What we say now is there is no boundary between hardware and software.” Steve said Microsoft is now determined to propel change, even suggesting there could ...

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Steve Ballmer spoke to a group of developers at Microsoft’s new collaboration space in Shoreditch, East London, to share his views on the opportunity for developers with the Windows platform across Windows 8 and Windows Phone. The event showcased some of the best examples of the Windows 8 design and user interface, including demonstrations of the Music Info app, the British Airways Inspiration app and others. The app store has now grown to more than 20,000 apps a month after the general release, with multiple developers having downloads of more than 100,000. While the adoption of Windows 8 appears to be slower than Windows 7, it still seems pretty clear by January there will be tens of millions Windows 8 PCs and tablets in the market for developers to exploit. Via Ubelly.com ...

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Smixx – Developers (feat. Steve Ballmer) by Smixx Mobile developer Cory Smith created the above song, sampling Steve Ballmer’s famous “Developer, Developer, Developer” screed. He told Techcrunch  “I’m contrasting developing music and developing software in a hardcore rap kinda way, pretty entertaining. The Steve Ballmer sample is the icing on the cake,” The lyrics are below: Lyrics I’m a developer in many senses of the word cause I make these applications but I also use these verbs to make this music I construct it line by line just like when I’m coding another software design in both cases its about design patterns anyone can get the job done its the execution that matters I have many interests sometimes they conflict my creativity can usually be a benefit but sometimes it keeps me far too busy but I can’t complain because my life is hardly gritty so I think i’ll sit ...

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