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.

  6. While I’m as happy as anyone to see MSFT flatlined, one must remember MSFT pays dividends, so the total return to shareholders is much better than what the line suggests.

  7. from the full article, quoting Ballmer:
    “In the case of music, Apple got out early. They were the first to really recognize that you couldn’t just think about the device and all the pieces separately. Bravo. Credit that to Steve (Jobs) and Apple. They did a nice job.

    But it’s not like we’re at the end of the line of innovation that’s going to come in the way people listen to music, watch videos, etc. I’ll bet our ads will be less edgy. But my 85-year-old uncle probably will never own an iPod, and I hope we’ll get him to own a Zune.”

    This epitomizes the Ballmer suits-in-a-room approach to Microsoft’s consumer strategy – no clear underlying principle of consumer use or experience, just strung together business decisions made without regard to one another.

    “I’ll bet our ads will be…” indicates that he has no clear idea of what their music strategy was going to mean to consumers or how they would market it. At Apple, they start with that principle. Predictably, their ads were a bunch of hipsters in “the social”, which to his 85 year old uncle probably seemed like a technology driven orgy. His one goal, to appeal to all segments, was utterly undercut by their entire ad campaign. The dude had one clear, if vague, notion of what the MS music product would be and, in the end, their ad campaign was completely the opposite.

    MS has spent so much time with their stranglehold on the OS marketshare, able to dictate to luddite drones and enterprise hostages, that they do not understand the concept of giving consumers what they need, nor do they value it.

  8. Ermmm….doesn’t ‘….Ballmer has decreased shareholder value, as reflected by stock price, by -56.63%.’ mean the stock price went up? you know… 2 negatives make a positive?
    Saying Ballmer has increased stock value by -56.63% would be more accurate and mischievous, surely? Maybe it’s a transatlantic thing.

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