Steve Ballmer steps down as board member at beleaguered Microsoft

The following is a statement via Microsoft’s News Center which consists of two letters. Here they are, verbatim:

Dear Satya,

As I approach the six month mark of my retirement and your appointment as CEO, I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company. I have reached some conclusions and wanted to share them with you. I know August is the key month during which the company starts to prepare the proxy statement for the next shareholders’ meeting, and so these thoughts are probably timely for that too.

First, Microsoft has been my life’s work and I am proud of that and excited by what I see in front of the company and this leadership team. There are challenges ahead but the opportunities are even larger. No company in the world has the mix of software skills, cloud skills, and hardware skills we have assembled. We draw talent as well as any company in the world. We have the profitability to invest in long-term opportunities and still deliver superior shorter term performance. You’re off to a bold and exciting start.

Ballmer BombMicrosoft will need to be bold and make big bets to succeed in this new environment. Writing great software is a tremendous accomplishment and selling software has been a fabulous business. In the mobile-first, cloud-first world, software development is a key skill, but success requires moving to monetization through enterprise subscriptions, hardware gross margins, and advertising revenues. Making that change while also managing the existing software business well requires a boldness and fearlessness that I believe the management team has. Our board must also support and encourage that fearlessness for shareholders to get the best performance from Microsoft. You must drive that.

I had not spent any time really contemplating my post-Microsoft life until my last day with the company. In the six months since leaving, I have become very busy. I see a combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study taking a lot of time. I have confidence in our approach of mobile-first, cloud-first, and in our primary innovation emphasis on platforms and productivity and the building of capability in devices and services as core business drivers. I hold more Microsoft shares than anyone other than index funds and love the mix of profits, investments and dividends returned in our stock. I expect to continue holding that position for the foreseeable future.

Given my confidence and the multitude of new commitments I am taking on now, I think it would be impractical for me to continue to serve on the board, and it is best for me to move off. The fall will be hectic between teaching a new class and the start of the NBA season so my departure from the board is effective immediately.

I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will. I continue to love discussing the company’s future. I love trying new products and sending feedback. I love reading about what is going on at the company. Count on me to keep ideas and inputs flowing. The company will move to higher heights. I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can.

All the best,

Steve

Satya Nadella response to Steve Ballmer

Captain Satya Nadella
Captain Satya Nadella
Steve,

First, thank you for all of your support during my transition this year and for the past 34 years. It’s been a great privilege to have worked with you and learned from you. Under your leadership, we created an incredible foundation that we continue to build on — and Microsoft will thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.

While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision.

As you embark on your new journey, I am sure that you will bring the same boldness, passion and impact to your new endeavors that you brought to Microsoft, and we wish you incredible success. I also look forward to partnering with you as a shareholder.

On behalf of all of Microsoft and the Board of Directors, thank you.

Satya

Source: Beleaguered Microsoft, headquartered in Confusion City in the state of Delusion located smack in the middle of Batshit Insanity

MacDailyNews Take: My, what strong drugs they have up in Redmond.

The sobering reality for beleaguered Microsoft is reflected in the related articles below.

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

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61 Comments

    1. Clippers already have a management team, coaches, players, etc. A general manager does not need to and very often does not get involved in most of the day-to-day workings of a team, leaving that to others. They are just there to help negotiate with broadcasters, etc. for money. I doubt Balmer will screw up the Clippers.

      1. You vastly underestimate Steve Ballmer’s inflated sense of competence and overestimate his sense of restraint.

        He will surely meddle I’m the day to day operations of the Clippers, much to the bewilderment and frustration to any of their fans not already familiar with the Monkey Boy.

        For those who know him, they’re already at work, picking their new favorite team.

      1. At yesterday’s LA Clippys introduction ceremony for Monkey Boy, I noted that a chair was placed on the stage – just in case a certain new owner of the team wanted to give it a good throw. I expect to see many chairs flying in Staples Center in coming seasons…

      1. I expected nothing less from guy who as MS CEO signed off on using the term “squirting” to mean passing info between brown-coloured Zunes. And then had the gall to actually use it on stage and inflict that imagery on us.

  1. So…the original captain of RMS Titanic went down with the ship, but Steve Ballmer is way smarter than that. After figuring out RMS Microsoft was doomed, he stuck his cap onto fellow officer Satya Nadella’s head, handed over his medals, saluted, and lumbered off toward the lifeboats.

    1. His new cash cow is the Clippers. He can lumber off as the biggest individual stockholder as he resigns from the Board. Six months from now, he can reduce his holdings in the Titanic shipbuilding company as an individual stockholder. He’ll be saying he needs to refocus on licensing Clipper logoware for apparel, screen savers and mousepads.
      Perhaps MDN can claim “prior art”.

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