How long does Steve Ballmer have left as Microsoft CEO?

“Disclaimer: I own Microsoft stock,” Ben Brooks reports for The Brooks Report.

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,” Brooks writes.

“It seems rather obvious that Microsoft is on a downward trend, but is that accurate?” Brooks asks.

Let’s look at a chart…

AAPL vs. GOOG vs. MSFT 2004-2011

Brooks writes, “In business school the first thing they teach you about CEO’s is: it is the CEO’s job to increase the shareholder value of the company. Since taking the position Ballmer has decreased shareholder value, as reflected by stock price, by -56.63%. That. Is. Not. Good.”

“I think it is appropriate at this time to start the countdown of how long Ballmer has left until he ‘steps down,'” Brooks writes. “This Skype deal should be the final nail in the coffin for the Ballmer era at Microsoft, yet I fear that employee number 30 may get a reprieve.”

MacDailyNews Take: We pray for it. Ballmer’s doing a great job!*

Brooks writes, “The scariest thought isn’t Ballmer remaining in power — it’s who his successor may be. My guess is that it is another long time employee (calling #40), but that would be a worse decision than letting Ballmer blow money on hookers and Skype.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: *Killing Microsoft.

Disclaimer: For all we know Ballmer T. Clown is a fine family man** and the only money he’s blowing is on Microsoft products and idiotic, panicked acquisitions.

**Besides brainwashing his kids to use Zunes.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fhoxh” for the heads up.]


  1. These “Ballmer must go” articles have to stop!! We love him. I think it’s a great idea to pay others billions to use WM7 and outbidding Google and Facebook by $4 billion for Skype was genius. 🙂

  2. Ha! When I first looked at the chart I couldn’t figure out where the third line was. Then I realized the line at the bottom of the graph wasn’t a baseline, it was Micro$oft flatlined. 🙂

  3. MS ought to have a reality TV show: Windows on MS Musical Chairs.

    You start with 14 chairs and each week 1 person gets the “You are fired” routine.

    Special rules allow anyone to be fired anytime for throwing a chair.

    1. Liberals should be supporting Ballmer and Microsoft with great enthusiasm. After all, they believe in “spreading the wealth”, so as long as Microsoft “invests” its money in Yahoo, Nokia, and Skype (after earlier investments in Mail and TV), they should be thrilled. The shareholders, not so much. The recipients of that largess, of course, are laughing all the way to the bank.

  4. Seattle News:

    ” Another Bigfoot siting comes out of Redmond, Wa. this week as two school children describe their terror: ” It came out of nowhere, doing this weird dance and throwing chairs…. we just ran”.

  5. So .. We are going to flood the web with Kisses for Ballmer. But we need a strategy. We need arguments. We need leadership. In fact, we need Ballmer himself. Oh, the irony.

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