You can criticize Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft, but in reality his energy and passion speak for themselves beyond the spoken words.
Earlier this week, Steve led his last Microsoft employee meeting and said tearful goodbye to his company and his people – he will be retiring as CEO within the next 12 months once the company gets his successor. Ballmer said in his last speech as CEO, “we will deliver the next big thing… we will change the world again,” and discussed the recent Nokia deal and those golden days of early Microsoft.
A brief of Steve Ballmer
[one_half]Were those complex years for Steve Ballmer? A lot of the criticism, from his snubbing of the iPhone to the belief confessed to Windows Vista, through a long series of setbacks that had put into question the empire built years ago by Bill Gates. However, on the day of farewell he probably had a sleeker look.[/one_half]
We [Microsoft] will deliver the next big thing.
— Steve Ballmer
Yes! Steve Ballmer had inherited an empire and the eve of a revolution that was to come by putting everything into question. Hunted by the shadow of the founder, the CEO has found himself having to deal with the advent of the cabinet and all that it meant.
Suddenly, Microsoft has had to contend not only with companies on the rise, but also with the market that has rapidly changed its paradigms. A perfect storm: the iPhone, the tablet, the doubts that afflict older operating systems, the economic crisis accelerating the fall of the world of personal computers.
Under the leadership of Ballmer, Microsoft’s big boat has lurched, but it has not been overturned at a time when many other companies had permanently lost their compass instead. The company has tried to reinvent itself, dared to head-on every challenge and, despite the teasing and some objective fall style, the facts speak for themselves: Internet Explorer 11 is the revival of a fallen browser, Windows 8.1 is the reinvention of the past, Surface 2 is the approval of a new path, Windows Phone 8 is the pod of a new idea that has begun to find consensus. The company changed its organization and he burned several brands and changed the nature of some of their products, but he never submitted.
The era of Steve Ballmer has been a difficult time. It might not be remembered for the successes achieved, but it would be an ungenerous and flatten liability to the CEO because “this isn’t about any one person. It’s about a company that’s important; that’s forward thinking, that’s innovative.”, he said.
Now all focus is turned to the next CEO of the company. According to some rumors, Stephen Elop could be the next CEO while few tipsters suggest an outsider, Alan Mulally, Ford’s CEO. In any case, the CEO will probably sail in calmer waters, and will be picking up where Steve Ballmer fatigues.
The next big thing?
The founder Bill Gates dreamed to have “a computer on every desk and in every home…” and actually “…running Microsoft software,” and he did it, as stats read 1.4 billion personal computers are running Windows operating systems. But, “the next big thing” is not what has been done, instead it is what’s next to be done.
So “what’s next” now?
Microsoft has reinvented the Windows and formed a hybrid OS, Windows 8, that has all the best of Windows desktop environment and new future capabilities to power next-gen tablets and big touch screen PCs.
Alongside, Windows Phone OS and Windows RT have been introduced, which didn’t get succeeded thus far as expected, but the new Modern UI once again made a refreshing Start. Although Surface tablet is the only device running Windows RT now, Microsoft seems to follow Apple’s footsteps where they are managing a single OS for both smartphone and tablets.
Rumors suggest that the Redmond developers are planning to merge Windows Phone OS and Windows RT. That said; there’s a good chance Microsoft is looking to provide an ecosystem in the true sense, running on smartphones and tablets, an approach that’s similar to Apple’s iOS.
In addition, sources familiar with the company’s plans have revealed that the company is gearing up for a single app store for the Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 with a special update in spring 2014 and Terry Myerson, head of the operating systems group, has confirmed the move in the same meeting.
Ballmer also discussed the Nokia deal in his final speech, which is Microsoft’s first major step forward to being a “Device and Services” company. The “bold step into the future” is aimed to be in a better position to address software issues along with hardware developments. Although other partners are leaving the Windows ecosystem, it won’t make any significant difference and the company may be able to deliver on its devices and services promise in the future.
Well! Microsoft has numbers, and they really need a push to bank the next revolution involving mobile technology. And, it will not only give peace to the users, but developers will also get a singleton platform to build apps targeting smartphones, tablets, desktops and big-screen all-in-ones.