Just as Microsoft embarks on a transformative period into a "Devices & Services" focused company, current CEO Stever Ballmer has announced he's planning to retire. Ballmer's intention is to leave at a point where leadership is least needed in the transition, allowing a new CEO to come on for the duration of the switch. This means could leave anywhere in the next twelve months.
Steve Ballmer supplied the following statement on his impending departure:
"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."
Bill Gates and a small group of other important Microsoft executives will form a committee to discover who is best fit to replace Steve Ballmer. Like the Phoenix, Ballmer's spirit shall leave his body and take nest in that of another business executive with the qualities expected to lead Microsoft into the future. Bill Gates will use the Micro-Radar to find that individual.
Just kidding, they'll just hire the goon that brown-noses the most and makes them believe they'll make lots and lots of money. One thing's for sure, Steve Ballmer was a pretty cool guy. Can't say much about the business side of things, but he was always awesome on-stage.