Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is set to retire within the next 12 months. This marks yet another significant shift at Microsoft. It probably doesn’t directly affect the state of Xbox over in Redmond but it does mean something. Whenever there is turnover or replacements, things change all around and I expect that to happen at some point.
“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.”
It’s been a very rough ride for Ballmer and crew lately. Surface isn’t exactly setting the world on fire. Windows 8 is reverting to things it said it wouldn’t. And we know how this Xbox One train has been going. What say you?