For years now, Microsoft watchers have wondered about the timing and other specifics of Steve Ballmer’s departure. Now we know them — or a lot more than we did yesterday, anyway. After 33 years at the company, the executive who started at Microsoft in 1980 and has been its CEO since 2000 has announced that he’ll retire within the next 12 months, once a successor has been named.
For folks interested primarily in the stock market, Ballmer’s time as Microsoft’s head honcho is defined by the fact that its shares have largely flat-lined during his tenure. Here, courtesy of Wolfram Alpha, is a chart comparing how MSFT has compared to AAPL during that time period:
If you — like me — don’t care much about Microsoft’s stock price, Ballmer’s legacy is far more complicated. It can’t be summed up in a chart or a tweet or even…
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