Steve Ballmer retires from Microsoft Posted on Friday, August 23rd, 2013 at 6:54 am. PTWritten by Jim Dalrymple That’s the best news Microsoft has had in years. mvcmendes “…within the next 12 months, which is how long it usually takes for a PC to log-off and shut down.” studuncan And he personally made $1 billion on the stock jumping $3. He owns about 333 million shares. I think he was ok with that. Chris Neuman I find it hard not to laugh at the fact that their stock has spiked 8% after the announcement. Awkward marv08 Possibly the worst news that Apple and Google had in years… EVula If Microsoft gets someone that does nothing but continue on like nothing is wrong, Apple and Google will be just fine.Even if they get someone that can rein in all the myriad departments and actually get the company to be somewhat nimble, it’ll be quite some time before Microsoft truly sees a profit (non-monetarily speaking) from those efforts. Apple and Google aren’t exactly well-known for resting on their laurels; they’ll continue to be moving targets for this new CEO to hit. A rather tall order. marv08 Agree. Just, whoever they pick, I sincerely doubt that he/she will be laughing every Apple or Google product off the table and simply do nothing until it is too late.Bill Gates would have copied the iPhone long before Samsung woke up. Moeskido And he’d have done it poorly. Colin Mattson You can’t say Ballmer wasn’t in love with his company, but what Microsoft needed was tough love. Hopefully they can find someone with a stronger hand on the rudder. And maybe a predilection for mass firings. Mother Hydra and their stock trades up on the news. Hopefully the absence of this divisive ass will unite Microsoft. I’m genuinely excited about all this! Moeskido Too little, too late. The structure he put in place is a textbook Big Dumb Company that shuns change. He created the mirror-universe opposite of what Jobs did at Apple. John C. Bland II This excited me. I’m seriously looking forward to a new Microsoft.I don’t know anything about potential selections but I’d love to see someone like Scott Guthrie: http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/default.aspx. Get MSFT back to being led by a developer. But hey…I’m biased.