Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Resigns From Board of Directors

"I bleed Microsoft" Ballmer writes in his resignation letter to current CEO.

Former Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer has resigned from the company's board of directors, reflecting on his decision in a letter to current CEO Satya Nadella.

Posted on Microsoft's site, Ballmer cites multiple reasons for his resignation from the board, namely a "combination of the Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study."

"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," Ballmer wrote. His letter states his resignation from the board as "effective immediately" and indicates that he intends to continue participating in discussions about Microsoft's future, given that he holds "more Microsoft shares than anyone other than index funds."

"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will," Ballmer stated.

In response, current CEO Satya Nadella thanked Ballmer for his leadership and support. Nadella remained positive in his response, and said that he "[looks] forward to partnering with [Ballmer] as a shareholder."

Steve Ballmer's retirement from Microsoft as CEO was announced in August last year. Ford CEO Alan Mulally was tipped to replace him, but Satya Nadella was eventually named successor.

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Discussion

62 comments
ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

With him finally out of the way, Ms could get some momentum again :p

daikkenaurora12
daikkenaurora12

Its not healthy to bleed Microsoft.  You need a doctor.

TheRealBigRich
TheRealBigRich

I just failing to see that this specifically has to do with games

AuthenticM
AuthenticM

This should have happened 20 years ago.

andfx8
andfx8

He seems like a passionate person, hopefully the Clippers do not win under his ownership, or if they do, hopefully they'd be in Seattle or something. Don't want my Lakers embarrassed. 

bdrtfm
bdrtfm

Ballmer brought the company down. He bled them dry is more like it. I don't know how someone being paid as much as he was could be allowed to make so many ridiculously bad decisions.

wookiegr
wookiegr

So Microsoft IS piss and vinegar...

isshiah
isshiah

This is the man who thought the iphone wouldn't sell well.

uchihasilver
uchihasilver

"I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will," - XBot confirmed! . . . Nah i joke =P 

bouchart
bouchart

Ballmer cutting all ties with Microsoft is the best thing that's happened to Microsoft in a long time.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Just watch the video where he reacts to the iPhone initially being released. Guy is too business based, he doesn't know who normal people are.

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

I think he meant to say "I bled Microsoft" as in made MS bleed with his bad decision after bad decision. The company is still making a ton of money but certainly not much as it could have under a decent or at least less insane CEO.

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

I make mistakes, today at work I made at least 3, found some not sure on the rest. See how easy that is to admit. For some it is impossible, right now if there is someone around you tell them a mistake you made today. I mean really do it, it can be hard, because in todays world you must not ever make or .. at least admit to making mistakes but it happens as sure as the sun rises and sets. 

And so here is Steve Ballmer, fine guy, works hard, and is NEVER wrong. There was nothing wrong betting on tablets and devices to rule the landscape, nothing wrong betting against business services, nothing wrong with the directions Windows 8 took, nothing wrong with the direction xbox took, nothing wrong with direction Office took, but ........ but...... when wind starts blowing the other direction - and there nothing wrong with staying the course, but when the hurricane starts blowing the other direction - that is when you need to change your strategy and make corrections. One thing about Ballmer, once he made his decision it was all or nothing, he stayed the course right into the rocks, and when everyone is yelling stop the bridge is out, Ballmer laid the peddle to the metal. This can be great if things go your way, it can cost hundred of thousands, their job if your wrong, and also the CEO of Microsoft. 

The thing is, when signs clearly started showing things were not working with the directions and decisions Ballmer and microsoft had made- own up to it and fix it - Ballmer would just double down. Does anyone here remember windows 8 beta, the feedback was a bloodbath and instead of taking that majority feedback and make changes they gave you double servings. 

Ballmer had a set vision, and not matter what feedback he got, no matter how many times people yelled fire, he would not or could not change. .. I didn't make a spelling error in that last sentence, 'not matter' is how the english language will change soon. 

kujel
kujel

Good ridens to garbage.

EasyComeEasyGo
EasyComeEasyGo

Steve Ballmer I salute you to your service and everything you contribute to MS. Enjoy your life Mr. Steve Ballmer.

Oogazi
Oogazi

well the clipper's future definitely looks more promising than Microsoft's. I'd jump ship too.

rasterror
rasterror

@Fallout_red Yeah he did cause them to fall behind a lot and instead of me first ideas it was more me too.

pork7
pork7

@komitetgosuder Actually, it would have better for Sony if the inept idiot would stuck around a few more years. Ballmer = hyper FAIL

ketsuhige
ketsuhige

@kujel it's riddance, not ridens. Ridens sounds like multiple metal gear charaters, or a junior league baseball team...that happens to be dyslexic.  

xHOJUx
xHOJUx

@kujel That's it...  give the garbage all the ridens.  

rasterror
rasterror

I never liked Ballmer. He seemed to brash and too much of a loud mouth. Plus some bad things happened at Microsoft under his tenure. Still the company was still extremely successful. I hope Nadella can do a great job.

rolla020980
rolla020980

@Oogazi 

Do you have any idea of how loaded Ballmer is? If I were him, I would leave to pursue my own interests as well. He doesn't need a paycheck from Microsoft.

rasterror
rasterror

You mean the billions they make year after year? Yeah, that sounds so terrible.

nickpeck36
nickpeck36

@Kinguard73 @jenovaschilld  I love Win 8.1, it's so much faster, stable (never had it crash on me yet other than because of a hardware failure) and it finds and installs everything for me, either via wireless or plugged in.


The ONLY reason people don't like it is because they are creatures of habit and don't like change.  People always scream they want something new, but when you give it to them and it doesn't look exactly like the old version they are used to, they cry and complain without every giving it a full chance.


I don't miss Win7 at all, as good as it was I personally can't stand having to work on it anymore because I'm so used to the placement of everything in Win 8.  To hey, to each their own :)  Can't wait to see what Win9 is going to look like, from what I have read it sounds great with how they are re working the "multiple" desktop idea.

Oogazi
Oogazi

@rolla020980 @Oogazi don't disagree with you. It's not the paycheck he's after, it's the prospect of revolutionizing the organization. He probably sees himself altering the culture of L.A. to make the Clippers 'THE' team of Los Angeles, and to finally get out of the Laker's shadow. 

Oogazi
Oogazi

@rasterror I'm not saying MS is doing poorly on the business side of things, but looking at the opportunities for growth, I would go with the Clipper's organization. 

jenovaschilld
jenovaschilld

@nickpeck36 @Kinguard73 @jenovaschilld Yeah alot of it has to do with what you get used to, and people have their favorites setups. And there in lies the problem with windows 8 when it first came out, the total LACK of choices. from decisions on installs and updates, how your pc functions, how you get work done, and what shortcuts you use to increase productivity. Windows 8 wanted the user to change and adapt to wind 8, which relied heavily on always internet and front desktop apps, which also generates them more revenue then there old business model. It was just not us lay people who have used win for years but professional reviews like consumer reports and pc world that also felt they hit a brick wall when trying to use win 8. But of course none of this centers around the main points of ballmer. the fact is the new OS was so disliked by the public, so hated by critics, and one of the lowest adopted that it cost MIcrosoft alot. 

You two may enjoy win 8, esp since it has greatly reformed itself, but it was a failed software rollout by many standards including quality. Oh not to mention - when it first beta and gold watching video game performance tank was hard to take. with all of the early warnings MS still pushed this through hoping the profits would out way its consumers demands, a fallacy Ballmer just could not understand. 

rasterror
rasterror

Microsoft made him a great enough billionaire to be able to buy the Clippers. I don't get your point.