• ‘Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire Within 12 Months’

    [Microsoft press release][1]: > 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 […]

  • ‘8 Reasons Why Mimi Would Dump Steve Ballmer’

    Keith Fitz-Gerald’s reason number 5: >Microsoft spent $26 billion on research over the last three years. Meanwhile, Apple spent $5.54 billion and managed to crank out products light years better than anything Microsoft has come up with. No question which group of shareholders is getting the most bang for the buck. Great list of reasons. […]

  • Ballmer’s Rebound

    One of the most popular posts that I have written is “[The Ballmer Days are Over](http://brooksreview.net/2011/05/ballmer/)” — wherein I argue that it is time to kick Microsoft’s CEO, Steve Ballmer, out of the company. I argue this as: a person that lives in Microsoft country, a person that owns Microsoft stock, and an Apple fan. […]

  • The Value of Ballmer

    [Dustin Curtis argues that Ballmer shouldn’t even be on that Forbes list of CEOs to be fired, saying](http://dcurt.is/steve-ballmers-microsoft): >Unfortunately, while fiscally rational decisions have been good enough to get Microsoft to where it is today, such decisions have never and will never catapult a company into the top of the future. It’s the difference between […]

  • ‘Steve Ballmer Reboots’

    Ashlee Vance in a long and interesting article about Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has this choice quote: >“When you talk to other entrepreneurs and tell them you’re using Microsoft’s cloud services, they look at you like you have leprosy,” says Jeremy Howard, chief scientist at Kaggle, a San Francisco startup that runs data analytics contests. […]

  • Steve Ballmer on Beating Google

    Ryan Lawler reporting on a statement by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer about how they are beating Google in productivity applications living in the cloud: >“Everything is a little earlier days than all the rhetoric,” Ballmer said. “But we’re winning, winning, winning, winning.” What a winner.

  • Ballmer Responds to Calls for Him to Quit

    Tom Warren reporting: >“You cut me open and saw what was inside: Windows. Windows. Windows. Windows,” Ballmer said in an audio recording obtained by GeekWire. “Our company was born on the back of Windows. Windows underpins a huge percentage of all of our success, all of our profitability, all of the important things that we […]

  • Help Shape Steve Ballmer’s WPC 2011 Keynote Speech

    Microsoft is reaching out and asking for people to submit questions that they would like to hear Ballmer speak about: >WPC 2011 is your event, and we would love to get your comments on topics you want to hear from Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s CEO. Help us shape his 2011 WPC Keynote speech by leaving your […]

  • Microsoft board backs Ballmer over Einhorn

    Bill Rigby, reporting on Microsoft’s board backing Steve Ballmer, quotes BGC Partners Colin Gillis: >”It’s on. David Einhorn likes to shake things up,” Gillis said. As for Microsoft’s stock staying flat over a decade, “the question is, is it because of Ballmer, or is it because people are concerned about a post-PC era?” That’s *not* […]

  • David Einhorn Calls for Microsoft’s Ballmer to Go

    A bunch of Reuters reporters ((Honestly there are five credits listed…)) : >An investor who put $100,000 into Microsoft stock 10 years ago would now have about $69,000 worth. That’s pretty bad, Einhorn really nails it though: >His [Ballmer] continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft’s stock[…] Amen.

  • Bill Gates Backs Ballmer

    Bill Gates has come out saying he urged the Skype deal to be done, which is executive speak for saying that Ballmer is still his man. Gates: >It’ll be fascinating to see how the brilliant ideas out of Microsoft research, coming together with Skype, what they can make of that. I too look forward to […]

  • CEO Steve Ballmer’s Advice to USC Grads

    We have the full text of Steve Ballmer’s speech to USC students now, and oh boy. Ballmer: >I also have to tell you, a guy I know in Seattle has a son who goes to the school down the street here, UCLA. And I saw him the other day, yes, that’s right. I saw him […]

  • Ballmer’s Latest Acquisition

    Jean-Louis Gassée on Microsoft’s Skype acquisition: >In just the past 12 months, Microsoft has lost $2.5B in its Online business. They spend $2 to make $1 in revenue. Buying and “integrating” Skype will make the picture even redder. and later: >Microsoft’s ability to successfully charge for a formerly free product is lacking. I also love […]

  • More Evidence Against Steve Ballmer

    Sharon Pian Chan reporting on Steve Ballmer’s USC commencement speech: >“I thought I might have to Skype in,” Ballmer said. He then urged students to “Please, Skype on!” after graduating. Compare and contrast that to [this](http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html) and you get why he [needs to go](http://brooksreview.net/2011/05/ballmer/). [via Greg Minton] UPDATE: [Here’s the full text of his speech](http://www.geekwire.com/2011/irrepressible-steve-ballmer-microsoft-ceos-usc-commencement-speech).

  • The Ballmer Days Are Over

    Disclaimer: I own Microsoft stock. Yes, this is *not* pro-Microsoft but I feel the need to be very open about this. He’s employee number 30 and has been with Microsoft since mid-1980. In 2000, after nearly 20 years of service, Microsoft promoted Steve Ballmer to Chief Executive Officer. In the ten plus years that Ballmer […]

  • HP Slate = Ballmer’s iPad

    It costs $799 and I didn’t read anything else about it – why? Because I say the pictures of it and stopped caring. Gruber says that this picture of the permanent slide out panel (that serves no purpose) sums up the device. I say it is this picture depicting the fact that you need a […]

  • ‘How Steve Ballmer told me what to do with my iPad!’

    This whole thing is a must read – it is the epitome of why Windows sucks on a tablet device. But in the interest of saving you time here are a few choice quotes that sum it up. Steve Ballmer talking about optimizing Windows 7 for touch interfaces according to Mark Wilson: Media Center is […]

  • You couldn’t pay me to work for Ballmer

    David Heinemeier Hansson: Now contrast this to Steve Ballmer. Who’s certainly no genius and calling him evil is to belittle evil. He has turned the gorilla into a buffoon. And frankly, it’s sad. Gone are the feelings of rage (except when they patent troll people for being web apps) and left is pity. Truth hurts.

  • Once Again, Steve Ballmer Is Wrong — This Time About Android

    Om Malik: The other Steve (Ballmer) is almost always wrong. He was wrong about the iPod. He was wrong about the iPhone and he is once again going to be proven wrong about Google’s Android OS. and: Let’s face it, Android has gored Microsoft’s mobile operations, leaving it with a bleeding, gaping wound that looks […]