If this was football, vote of confidence for Ballmer would be kiss of death

What a week it's been for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. First, he inadvertently lets slip the release date for Windows 8, then Skype, the company he has shelled out $8.5bn of Microsoft's money to buy, suffers from a serious outage. Just to compound matters, a leading hedge fund manager, David Ein

What a week it's been for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. First, he inadvertently lets slip the release date for Windows 8, then Skype, the company he has shelled out $8.5bn of Microsoft's money to buy, suffers from a serious outage. 

Just to compound matters, a leading hedge fund manager, David Einhorn at the Greenlight Capital Fund, says Steve should give someone else a chance because his "continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock".

Now, we hear the company's board has given him the dreaded vote of confidence. Of course the technology industry is nothing like football, but if it was, I wouldn't be placing any bets on Ballmer being the one to front the launch of Windows 8 next year.
This was last published in May 2011

MicroScope+

Content

Find more MicroScope+ content and other member only offers, here.

Read more on Finance and Credit

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

ComputerWeekly

SearchITChannel

Close