Rumor: Ballmer will leave Microsoft after Windows 8

June 13, 2011

NOTE: This is a rumor – we are not stating it to be the truth.       [caption id="attachment_4277" align="alignnone" width="405"]Steve Ballmer and Steven Sinofsky Steve Ballmer and Steven Sinofsky[/caption]       We got a tip from a source (who shall remain nameless) that Steve Ballmer is set to resign as CEO of Microsoft sometime after the launch of Windows 8. The source indicates that whether or not Windows 8 is received as a success in the marketplace, Steve Ballmer sees it as his final accomplishment at Microsoft. If it is successful, it will be the perfect time to leave on top and it will be his legacy – the successful reimagining and reinvention of Windows. If it is not successful, the calls for his resignation will be deafening and it will be an appropriate time to hand the reigns over to someone else. Here’s where it gets interesting. The source also said that Steven Sinofsky is absolutely the number 1 pick to take over as CEO after Ballmer but there is one MAJOR caveat – also, the success of Windows 8. Steven Sinofsky, more than any other Microsoft executive is associated with the development of Windows and it will be absolutely impossible for him to get the top job if Windows 8 is not successful. Bottom line (according to this source), Windows 8 is a risky bet for both men. One more time, This is a rumor – we are not stating it to be the truth. As they say though, where there’s smoke… What do you guys think about this?]]>

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  • Makes perfect sense… no time to leave like after a successful launch…

    Herman Phillips June 13, 2011 10:58 am Reply
  • Screw that, the bum needs to leave right now….

    Steve Ball mer June 13, 2011 10:59 am Reply
  • Steven Sinofsky,it’s synonym,to success,so it makes sense.I’m fully confident,that Windows 8,under Sinofsky’s Guidance,will be as Great,as Windows 7 & Vista SP2,are!
    So,it’s time for Ballmer,to start packing his luggage….

    Frank June 13, 2011 12:08 pm Reply
    • windows 8 will have a lot of bugs just like vista

      Hol0008 June 13, 2011 5:39 pm Reply
      • As you say – Bugs-bugs-bugs.   I will only start listening when 7, 8, Vista are superceded by an an improvement on Windows XP.   The damage had already been done when microsoft expected the world to replace all their existing software instead of having the moral responsibility to create a machine that would accept the world’s software.   Such audacity I found intolerable..,.

        omala June 13, 2011 9:17 pm Reply
        • You must be joking,my friend!
          You know,damn well,that Vista SP2 & Win7/SP1,are much better,Windows Editions than XP,but you don’t want to admit it.Yes,of course,Vista (Before Service Packs installed),needed,much better Hardware,to successfully work,and there were the Initial Problems,with the Operating System,that cost so much,to Windows reputation!
          Let’s cut the long story,short:
          NT Version 5.0 (Windows 2000)
          NT Version 5.1 (Windows XP)
          NT Version 6.0 (Windows Vista)
          Microsoft,had written the Hardware Drivers,from Scratch (Windows Driver Framework -Windows Driver Display Model/Graphics)
          The resulting Mess,came from the Incompetence of Redmond’s Men in charge to properly communicate,with the Windows Ecosystem (OEMs,etc).
          When Steven Sinsofsky,took in charge,everything,sooner or later,came in the right place and from then on, everything ran smoothly.
          NT Version 6.1 (Windows 7)
          That’s why,there where no problem with hardware drivers (note the Version Number,above)
          For me,it looked,like Vista SP3.
          NT Version 6.2 (Windows 8)
          Because,of the NT Version and of course,Sinofsky’s Presence,in charge of the whole Project,i’m almost sure,everything,will run smoothly.

          Frank June 13, 2011 10:06 pm Reply
  • Yes, that is interesting to hear. I’m sure Microsoft will still continue staying strong throughout the years to come. It’s too bad though that Ballmer is leaving Microsoft, but at the same token. I’m sure Steven Sinofsky will do a great job as well. And thank you Microsoft for all the hard work you’ve done in the past making our lives a little easier.

    Christian June 13, 2011 2:26 pm Reply
    • Just a rumor Christian. Time will tell…

      Onuora Amobi June 13, 2011 2:48 pm Reply
    • yes but as far as i know he will not be leveing as a inside microsft person has conformed  yes i have some one in my family that works there .and as they said windows8 the end of 2012 -2013 it will be out

      Hol0008 June 13, 2011 5:38 pm Reply
  • hopefully not Sinofsky. He’s a great engineer but not a visionary business leader. He leads through fear and intimidation not motivation and his Windows-centricity is killing phone and tablet momentum.
    I’ve heard comments that Reed Hastings from Netflix (currently on the MS board) and that would be great…. Netflix has developed a great corporate culture and 

    Something has to give June 19, 2011 8:39 pm Reply
  • I don’t really know that much about Steve Sinofsky, but from everything I’ve read, he seems to have done a great job.  Ballmer, on the other hand, has missed the boat several times when it comes to new technology.  Microsoft needs to innovate, not just catch up.  To do that, they need a leader who can predict the industry trends and they need to be able to respond much more quickly.

    JohnnyG June 21, 2011 7:35 am Reply
  • Steve Ballmer has to step down. Do not misunderstand me for there has been a lot of success and failures on his end however I truly believe that it is time for a change. Microsoft needs to change if they want to survive this game.

    David October 2, 2012 8:58 pm Reply
  • Well what do you know? Sinofsky has left now!

    Pratyush Nalam November 12, 2012 10:32 pm Reply

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