Microsoft board backs Ballmer

“Microsoft Corp’s board stood behind Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer on Thursday, defending its longtime leader after influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn touched off a debate by calling for his dismissal,” Bill Rigby reports for Reuters.

“The fund manager, who made his name warning about Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc’s financial health before the investment bank’s collapse, accused Ballmer on Wednesday evening of being stuck in the past, launching the sharpest attack yet by a high-profile investor against the company’s leadership,” Rigby reports. “Microsoft’s nine-person board, including Chairman and co-founder Bill Gates, supports Ballmer, a source close to the board told Reuters on Thursday.”

Rigby reports, “Gates, who co-founded the software company in 1975 and is still the largest shareholder with 6.6 percent of the company’s stock, is generally regarded as the one person who could make the decision to switch management… Gates, who spends most of his time on his philanthropic foundation, has given no indication he is considering a change.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: That’s right. Everything’s just fine. Nothing to see here. Go on about your business. Ballmer’s doing an excellent job. We like his strategy. We like it a lot!

Of course, any board would say the exact same thing the very second before they shitcan their CEO, so take this “board backs Ballmer” news for what it’s worth.

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


  1. Whew. That was a close one.

    Luckily that Einhorn dude said yesterday he’d be willing to throw away $200 million dollars for partial ownership of the NY Mets. Clearly he’s clueless and his advice to M¢… worthless

      1. I think that it will be less than a decade at this point. The students in college are now about 70% plus Macintosh. The halo of the iPhone and iPad are killing the old school devices and those users are turning to Apple with all things. Cloud computing doesn’t care about the users OS and Microsoft Windows no longer has a real hold on anyone. The more they use Macs the more they can save on IT expenses. And local schools no longer have tax dollars to dump Windows PCs on kids. And when you get a new Mac you are giving someone an older working Mac and the dirty PC refresh cycle is ended.

        Long live the Mac.

      2. Whew! For a moment I thought they were about to let Ballmer go! May he remain CEO as long as it takes to disrupt Google’s Android hackware mobile OS then both companies shall burn in shrinking revenue and profits. China’s success has been built upon these 2 companies hacked/copied/pirated OS’s. Apple has always been a true innovator!

  2. “The first thing you’ve got to learn about this ship is that she was designed by geniuses to be run by idiots. This is the engine room. To operate, all you need is any group of well-trained monkeys. Ninety-nine percent of everything we do is strict routine. Only one percent requires creative intelligence.”

    – Lt. Keefer (Fred MacMurray), The Caine Mutiny

  3. Consumers eventually rebel when presented with constant problems over a series of years.

    MS mindshare in consumer’s collective memory fades after so many crashes, crises, and conundrums where NO Microsoft solution EVER appears.

    That loss of mindshare is very hard to gain back.

  4. It just makes sense that Ballmer be at the helm when the ship goes down.

    The chump is still in charge and that’s all that matters. This truly is a great day.

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