“It seems absurd to call Steve Ballmer, the billionaire CEO of Microsoft, a failure. However, as billionaire CEOs go, it’s not all that crazy,” Rocco Pendola writes for TheStreet.
“Here’s a guy who gets a free pass from the media as well as shareholders. He never gets asked the tough questions. He rarely puts himself in a position to get asked the tough question,” Pendola writes. “The Microsoft board gives Ballmer a free pass as well. Is it because of the company’s massive cash hoard, seemingly endless free cash flow and Ballmer’s presumably close relationship with Bill Gates?”
MacDailyNews Take: Substitute “presumably close relationship” with “incredibly incriminating photographs.” At this point, it’s the only explanation for why Ballmer remains on the bow of the SS Microtanic.
“While I understand that companies regularly put out OS updates, this one, at least as presented in early media reports, sounds like little more than a do-over. Another Ballmer-led attempt to fit a round peg into a square hole,” Pendola writes. “To salvage the dying PC industry via an arranged marriage between the desktop and mobile. This is 2013, Balms, arranged marriages tend not to fly.”
Pendola writes, “So Ballmer continues to oppress MSFT shareholders and the rest of us just dying to see a company other than Apple bring something innovative to market.”
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Now, hoist, for a familiar toast: “May Steve Ballmer remain Microsoft’s CEO for as long as it takes!”
Related Ballmer buffoonery:
To stellar CEO Steve Ballmer, Office without iPad support makes ‘a lot of sense’ – January 30, 2013
Former Microsoft exec: CEO Ballmer culls internal rivals to retain power – January 22, 2013
Ballmer: Gee, maybe should have moved quicker on tablets, but we’re innovating on a seam or something – November 28, 2012
Bill Gates backed Steve Ballmer in Sinofsky ouster – November 13, 2012
Ballmer inexplicably calls Apple a ‘low-volume player’ – October 30, 2012
Ballmer on tablets: ‘I don’t think anyone has done a product that I see customers wanting’ – October 27, 2012
Ballmer: ‘Windows 8 is going to do great; It’s a fantastic product’ – September 17, 2012
Microsoft’s Buffoon, er… Ballmer throws down gauntlet against Apple – July 10, 2012
Microsoft CEO Ballmer: ‘We are in the Windows era; we were, we are, and we always will be’ – November 15, 2011