In the wake of Bill Gates’s announcement that he’s stepping down
from day-to-day management at Microsoft in two years, Owen Thomas
from Business 2.0 says Steve Ballmer should pack his bags too.
Jack Schofield, blogging for The Guardian, points out why this is
It would be a much bigger deal if Steve Ballmer was stepping down,
which is what a lot of geeks would prefer. Gates is a nerd.
Ballmer is a salesman and would probably have made a great high
school football coach, neither of which appeals to geek
sensibilities. But he’s taken Microsoft sales from $25bn (2001) to
$40bn (2005) and annual profits from $7.3bn to $12.3bn, almost
doubling EPS. That sort of performance is not likely to get him
Further proof that Ballmer likely isn’t leaving anytime soon: Thomas
quotes none other than our good friend Rob Enderle as predicting
that Ballmer will leave soon after Gates.
★ Friday, 16 June 2006