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http://www.theatlanticwire.com/technology/2013/09/steve-ballmer-admits-his-mistakes/69649/
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In a meeting with investors and analysts on Thursday, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer copped to a number of mistakes during his time leading the company, including missing the boat on smartphones and the quagmire that was the much-maligned Windows Vista. Ballmer had announced a few weeks ago that he would vacate the CEO position sometime within the next 12 months.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/20/us-microsoft-analysts-meeting-idUSBRE98I11S20130920
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Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has made an impassioned plea to investors to support his vision of the world's largest software company as a unified devices and services powerhouse in his swan song before Wall Street.

"We have the tools. There's economic upside here. In the long run, we are almost uniquely poised to seize the opportunity," he said, in a typically high-volume presentation. "Today I'm speaking as an investor. You all own Microsoft stock, cheer for it, for God's sake."

Well, that's it.

This chapter is over and the Ballmer Saga has officially come to a close.

I'll miss you, you nutty son of a gun. sad-smiley-002.gif
Edited by frickfrock999 - 9/20/13 at 9:03am
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At least he did good for MS's enterprise division
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This video is amazing imo:
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Edited by Angrybutcher - 9/20/13 at 9:15am
 
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Son ova' gun! Good thing, hope the new CEO will take MS to a better and great future!
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bye ballmer! wave2.gif
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to support his vision of the world's largest software company as a unified devices and services powerhouse
That would've had to have taken place in 2008 at the most, not 2012, that ship has sailed.
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in b4 this thread becomse a Ballmer bashing thread. I really wish they had sunk more money into Windows Mobile back then...but who knows if consumers were ready for it. I'm not even sure hardware was pleasent enough to sell great mobile software in the consumer division. Commercially no doubt!
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So, umm, win8 and win tablets are still considered as a successful ideas?
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All in all MS didn't do anything groundbreaking, but personally I love Win8 and I'm really considering getting a Win8 phone. The UI just looks too clean. It's more of a phone you'll see in a sci-fi film back in the day than iOS and Android (stock) imo. Also was Vista really that terrible? I had it and really found no problem with it. It's a lot like 8--It's a fine upgrade, but it's not enough to overshadow the previous version and compel people to upgrade.
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