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[CW] Steve Ballmer's Temper Tantrum Over Nokia Led To His Firing

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http://blogs.computerworld.com/management/23617/steve-ballmers-temper-tantrum-over-nokia-buyout-led-his-firing-says-report
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Ballmer’s relations with the board hit a low when he shouted at a June meeting that if he didn’t get his way he couldn’t be CEO, people briefed on the meeting said. The flare-up was over his proposed purchase of most of Nokia Oyj, and part of an ongoing debate: Should Microsoft be a software company or a hardware company too?

His yelling was so loud, says the report, that it could be heard outside of the closed doors of the conference room. He was angry because the board initially didn't back his buying of Nokia. After his blowup, though, they ended up reluctantly backing him.

Apparently, this is nothing new for Ballmer. A documented confession was made by Mark Lucovsky, telling the world what Steve did to him:

Edited where need be. tongue.gif
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Prior to joining Google, I set up a meeting on or about November 11, 2004 with Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer to discuss my planned departure...At some point in the conversation Mr. Ballmer said: 'Just tell me it’s not Google.' I told him it was Google.

"At that point, Mr. Ballmer picked up a chair and threw it across the room hitting a table in his office. Mr. Ballmer then said: Freaking Eric Schmidt is a freaking Pansy. I’m going to freaking bury that guy, I have done it before, and I will do it again. I’m going to freaking kill Google.'"

Edited by frickfrock999 - 3/6/14 at 7:55am
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Nothing new here. biggrin.gif
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Everyone loves a good drama redface.gif
    
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I'm not sure what to make of this, if they were reluctant to go that devices route, they now seem to have embraced the idea ? Or have they ? Could it be that they have it in their plans to drop the Surface tablets in the future, for example ?

Ballmer may have been loud and aggressive and unpleasant, but that would just be a small detail in the grand scheme of things. He was always flamboyant, publicly dating back to the Windows 1.0 commercial.
 
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lel ballmer
He's had his time, it's now passed. He should just shut up and enjoy retirement
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Originally Posted by Magical Eskimo View Post

lel ballmer
He's had his time, it's now passed. He should just shut up and enjoy retirement

 

Yeah, but now we don't have any new, funny Microsoft presentation material :mad:!

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Good read. I laughed out loud. Does not matter if these events are true or not. As I read the piece I saw Balmer yelling and screaming with his tongue out in my head.
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Did Balmer ever get another job? I haven't thought to check up on him...or cared. I am kind of curious now...with this info coming out the job hunt might get hard for him if he is trying. Though I am sure every one in the corporate upper management world knew all this already.
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Originally Posted by Vagrant Storm View Post

Did Balmer ever get another job? I haven't thought to check up on him...or cared. I am kind of curious now...with this info coming out the job hunt might get hard for him if he is trying. Though I am sure every one in the corporate upper management world knew all this already.

Something tells me Ballmer isn't so hard up for money that he ever needs another job. tongue.gif
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