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PuTTY riot
Nov 16, 2002


Microsoft says Steve Ballmer will retire as the company's CEO within 12 months, as the tech giant navigates a rapidly-changing computer market.

In a statement released Friday, Microsoft said Ballmer, 57, will stay on to help search for his successor.

"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time," Ballmer said in the statement.

Shares of Microsoft surged 7% in early trading off the announcement.

Microsoft will appoint a special committee — which will include board chairman and founder Bill Gates — to search for Ballmer's replacement. "I'll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO," said Gates.

Ballmer joined the Redmond, Wash., company in 1980 as its first business manager before becoming CEO in 2000. During that time, he oversaw several key initiatives including the launch of the Xbox video game console and Bing search engine, the $8.5 billion acquisition of Skype and several iterations of its Windows operating system.

Ballmer's eventual departure from the tech giant arrives during a significant market transition. With more consumers shifting from desktop and laptop computers to mobile devices, companies including Microsoft are scrambling to keep up.

In October, Microsoft will still start rolling out Windows 8.1, the update to its Windows operating system designed to work across traditional computers, tablets and smartphones. The company has also dipped into the tablet business with the launch of its Surface devices.

However, the tablets don't appear to be catching on with many consumers. Microsoft recently slashed prices on Surface tablets, forcing it to take a $900 million write down.

In an email sent to Microsoft employees, Ballmer expressed confidence in Microsoft's future.

"Microsoft has all its best days ahead," said Ballmer. "Know you are part of the best team in the industry and have the right technology assets. We cannot and will not miss a beat in these transitions. I am focused and driving hard and know I can count on all of you to do the same. Let's do ourselves proud."

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PuTTY riot
Nov 16, 2002


RIP Steve

julian assflange
Jul 29, 2010


Decommissioning the B-52 Ballmer

PuTTY riot
Nov 16, 2002


Idk how to close a thread on awful app so thanks mod who does that for me.

maniacdevnull
Apr 18, 2007



Capslock Holmes posted:

Idk how to close a thread on awful app so thanks mod who does that for me.

way 2 suck, jello

coffeetable
Feb 5, 2006


julian assflange posted:

Decommissioning the B-52 Balmer

fun fact: the last B-52 was delivered in 1963. they're expected to be replaced sometime in the 2040s.

Notorious QIG
Aug 7, 2010

Mo Money Mo Oofs


developers

julian assflange
Jul 29, 2010


coffeetable posted:

fun fact: the last B-52 was delivered in 1963. they're expected to be replaced sometime in the 2040s.

a goode bombere

Dr. Phildo
Dec 8, 2003

Except the heaven had come so near,
So seemed to choose my door,
The distance would not haunt me so

ballmer sucks dong!

PuTTY riot
Nov 16, 2002


maniacdevnull posted:

way 2 suck, jello

Thanks, ur mom taught me everything she knows

maniacdevnull
Apr 18, 2007



coffeetable posted:

fun fact: the last B-52 was delivered in 1963. they're expected to be replaced sometime in the 2040s.

well good thing rock lobster is a hella great tune then

FrozenVent
May 1, 2009
a richer bytestage

coffeetable posted:

fun fact: the last B-52 was delivered in 1963. they're expected to be replaced sometime in the 2040s.

the idea of a 100 year old plane is hilarious as poo poo

graph
Nov 22, 2006

aaag peanuts

close your shameful thread moron

Adult Sword Owner
Jun 19, 2011

Sir, did you know it's illegal to blow chicken percent?


we better remove all sharp objects from shaggars home asap

PuTTY riot
Nov 16, 2002


graph posted:

close your shameful thread moron

How bigaboy are ya

Notorious QIG
Aug 7, 2010

Mo Money Mo Oofs


graph posted:

close your shameful thread moron

hey everyone look at how edgy this post is

Elder Postsman
Aug 30, 2000


i used hot bot to search for "teens"


coffeetable posted:

fun fact: the last B-52 was delivered in 1963. they're expected to be replaced sometime in the 2040s.

there are current b52 airmen whose grandfathers served on b52s. there probably aren't any that are flying on the same planes as their grandfathers though.

Cold on a Cob
Feb 6, 2006



FMguru
Sep 10, 2003

peed on;
sexually

dur posted:

there are current b52 airmen whose grandfathers served on b52s. there probably aren't any that are flying on the same planes as their grandfathers though.
i wonder if theyre loving the granddaughters of the same hookers their grandfathers hosed in the towns outside the same overseas airbases

daft punk railroad
Aug 5, 2007

felonious assault with a sproinging boner

as a guy who does computer stuff all the time, the idea of a 100-year-old airplane is loving surreal and makes me laugh on my rear end

Darkman Fanpage
Jan 31, 2012

ha ha


Dead Inside Darwin posted:

we better remove all sharp objects from shaggars home asap

i'd rather not go through the trouble

Shaggar
Apr 26, 2006


stay out of my house u wierdos

coffeetable
Feb 5, 2006


i think you mean "get off my lawn"

Adult Sword Owner
Jun 19, 2011

Sir, did you know it's illegal to blow chicken percent?


shaggar is your blood as corrosive as your posts

if so please make sure to cut yourself in the bathtub so we dont have another superfund site

duTrieux.
Oct 9, 2003

~omnia delenda sunt~


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 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.”

The Board of Directors has appointed a special committee to direct the process. This committee is chaired by John Thompson, the board’s lead independent director, and includes Chairman of the Board Bill Gates, Chairman of the Audit Committee Chuck Noski and Chairman of the Compensation Committee Steve Luczo. The special committee is working with Heidrick & Struggles International Inc., a leading executive recruiting firm, and will consider both external and internal candidates.

“The board is committed to the effective transformation of Microsoft to a successful devices and services company,” Thompson said. “As this work continues, we are focused on selecting a new CEO to work with the company’s senior leadership team to chart the company’s course and execute on it in a highly competitive industry.”

“As a member of the succession planning committee, I’ll work closely with the other members of the board to identify a great new CEO,” said Gates. “We’re fortunate to have Steve in his role until the new CEO assumes these duties.”

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

Note to editors: For more information, news and perspectives from Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft News Center at http://www.microsoft.com/news. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may have changed. For additional assistance, journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team or other appropriate contacts listed at http://www.microsoft.com/news/contactpr.mspx.

Aleksei Vasiliev
May 7, 2007

Fuck the cowboys. Unf. Fuck em hard.

Capslock Holmes posted:

Shares of Microsoft surged 7% in early trading off the announcement.
if he sells his shares now then solely by quitting he made himself at least $500mil

LP0 ON FIRE
Jan 25, 2006

I can't tell you how interesting this is.


this thread... already exists

uG
Apr 23, 2003



depending on if you are a 1st year philosophy student or not all threads already exists

DiabloStarCraft
Oct 12, 2006

What is there in this world that makes living worthwhile?"

CATS. CATS ARE NICE

coffeetable posted:

fun fact: the last B-52 was delivered in 1963. they're expected to be replaced sometime in the 2040s.

Mostly because all it needs to be is a giant box full of bombs, with wings.

Dead Man Posting
Sep 1, 2008



I kinda like this thread. what work can a man get around in here?

Fabricated
Apr 9, 2007



plane chat thread now

I can't wait to see what awful piece of poo poo they replace the B52 with

DiabloStarCraft
Oct 12, 2006

What is there in this world that makes living worthwhile?"

CATS. CATS ARE NICE

Fabricated posted:

plane chat thread now

I can't wait to see what awful piece of poo poo they replace the B52 with

Missiles but in all seriousness probably nothing because it already does everything it needs to, it can carry a shitload of bombs into an area where there is no chance of it being shot down and smash a square mile into dust. Only upgrades it ever gets or needs are cockpit and instrument upgrades.

qirex
Feb 15, 2001



Capslock Holmes posted:

Shares of Microsoft surged 7% in early trading off the announcement.
as of right now wall street thinks ballmer has had a $17 billion drag on MS

that's worse than carly fiorina at hp

LP0 ON FIRE
Jan 25, 2006

I can't tell you how interesting this is.


duTrieux. posted:

“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.”

more like they need to steer away from that direction and go back to software

Alzabo
Oct 23, 2002

You watched it, you can't unwatch it.


welp, looks like the blood magic finally kicked in

hail satan

Dead Man Posting
Sep 1, 2008



I learned how to fly 757s























































































from microsoft flight simulator x. thanks Stevey-B

LP0 ON FIRE
Jan 25, 2006

I can't tell you how interesting this is.


It's Beeee SeVEntEen BaaAaaAAaallMer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcaEdnFLb1U

Gazpacho
Jun 18, 2004



graph posted:

close your shameful thread moron
no dont, this is the best thread

ol qwerty bastard
Dec 13, 2005

If you want something done, do it yourself!

aw i kind of liked the guy

out of the three steves he was probably the least insane

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Dead Man Posting
Sep 1, 2008



ol qwerty bastard posted:

the three steves

mods

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