It’s the end of an era at Microsoft: current CEO Steve Ballmer, like BIll Gates before him, will leave as head of the company. According to the press release seen after the break, with all of its marketing jargon, Ballmer simply decided to retire.
Meanwhile, the committee is searching for the next CEO of Microsoft, with Thompson, Bill Gates, Chuck Noski and Steve Luczo also taking part in the search, but Steve Ballmer in his typical head held high fashion, went on to say the following in an internal email to Microsoft employees:
“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”