Corrine Administrator, Microsoft MVP, Security Analyst Staff member Joined Feb 22, 2012 Posts 10,160 Location Upstate, NY Aug 23, 2013 #1 Officially announced today, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to retire within 12 months. Microsoft Corp. today announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO and will lead Microsoft through the next steps of its transformation to a devices and services company that empowers people for the activities they value most. “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.” Click to expand... Mary Jo Foley's Interviews with Steve: Part 1: Microsoft's Ballmer on his biggest regret, the next CEO and more Part 2: Microsoft's Ballmer: Why Microsoft doesn't want to be IBM (or Apple) and more At least at this point, the announcement is having a positive impact on the stock price: MSFT - Stock Quote for Microsoft Corporation - MSN Money. Comments I'm seeing are all over the map -- speculation that he was asked to retire, that his replacement should be hired from outside, that his replacement should be someone who has written code well and professionally.coded. Overall, however, the comments are that there is no question about his love, devotion and enthusiasm for the company. What do you think? What kind of a person can fill his shoes?