Steve Ballmer to Leave the Microsoft

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Microsoft has just announced that CEO Steve Ballmer has decided to retire from his position as CEO, with a new head of the company to be announced in the next 12 months.

Ballmer will remain CEO for one more year, as the company continues the transition to a devices and services firm, the tech giant said in a press statement.

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said.

No reason has been provided until now, but word is that some members of the board, as well as new shareholder ValueAct, aren’t quite satisfied with Ballmer’s new vision.

So, who’s next? you may ask. It’s hard to tell, but it could all come down to two different names: Bill Gates or Julie-Larson Green, the one who’s been in charge of the Windows division until the Ballmer announced the company’s internal reorganization.

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