Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 18 September 2014

Microsoft CEO Ballmer to retire

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months (AP)

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who succeeded founder Bill Gates in the job, will retire within the next 12 months.

The world's biggest software company did not name a successor.

Microsoft Corp's stock shot up 9% in pre-market trading following the news.

Mr Ballmer, 57, first met Microsoft founder Bill Gates in 1973 while they were living down a dormitory hall from each other at Harvard University.

He joined Microsoft in 1980 to bring some business discipline and salesmanship to a company that had just landed a contract to supply an operating system for a personal computer that IBM would release in 1981.

Mr Ballmer did the job so well that he would become Mr Gates' sounding board and succeed him as CEO in 2000.

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting? customercare@belfasttelegraph.co.uk

Latest News

Latest Sport

Latest Showbiz