In a surprising move today, Microsoft just announced that long-time CEO Steve Ballmer will retire in the coming 12 months. He will stay at the helm of the company until the board finds a new CEO.
On July 11, Microsoft announced a major reorganization to focus more on hardware. Ballmer signaled this change after firing Steve Sinofsky. At the time, he said that it was “imperative that we continue to drive alignment across all Microsoft teams, and have more integrated and rapid development cycles for our offerings.”
That’s why today’s news is even more surprising after Ballmer achieved such a big change for Microsoft. If his or her successor doesn’t like the ‘One Microsoft’ vision, he’ll have to do another reorganization.
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