Steve Ballmer called 'Worst CEO' by Forbes

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laughs in front of an image of actor Matt Damon during the last opening Microsoft keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show opening in Las Vegas January 9, 2012. Credit: REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Forbes says Ballmer wins "Worst CEO" award. True, or did Bill Gates hand over the keys at the right time?

When the capitalist diary Forbes calls Ballmer "the worst CEO of a large publicly traded American company today," it looks bad. Even though Cisco's John Chambers is on the same list at #5, being called the worst is a bit insulting, especially when the title of the story is "Oops! Five CEOs Who Should Have Already Been Fired (Cisco, GE, WalMart, Sears, Microsoft)."

Even defenders seem a bit lukewarm. "Ballmer, I think, is firmly in the good enough camp," says Dustin Curtis. But he points out that Microsoft also banks about $5.5 billion every quarter in pure profit, and they completely dominate operating systems for personal computers and servers, multiple business software categories, and office suites. Perhaps the "what have you done for me lately" test is the one Ballmer fails.

Love for Steve

Windows 7 has been the most successful version of Windows from MS to date and households and corporations alike are switching over to it on a large scale.

Ezhil on forbes.com

Now is it 7 or 8 separate billion dollar revenue streams that MS has? Vista the failure that it was still was the best selling OS in history at the time, and Win7 is so stable that it will be on desktops for another 10 years like XP was and is.

JimmyFal on geekwire.com

Retirement for Steve

While Microsoft is often compared to IBM, the company is in fact well on it's way to becoming Kodak.

Orin on geekwire.com

Steve has problems and he can’t get along with people who don’t agree with him, serious leadership issues, he put this company at least 50 years or may more behind.

LightofTruthful on forbes.com

This is a company that has a long and storied history of sitting on their ass and doing nothing to push the state of the art, once they've captured market share.

bluedanieru on news.ycombinator.com

He is the worst but fortunately there are good people at Microsoft who make up for it. And yes, the sooner he leaves the better for employees, shareholders, and customers.

Seneca on geekwire.com

It took them NEARLY FOUR YEARS to respond to the iPhone with Windows Phone 7.

InclinedPlane on news.ycombinator.com

Business is complicated

They made 6.3B profit last quarter! Give them a break. For comparison, Apple made 11.6B profit last quarter.

CubicleNInjas on news.ycombinator.com

Might be a good time to invest in Microsoft, just saying…

Dalton Bateman on forbes.com

Windows Phone may have matched or even passed RIM’s market share in USA.

aik on news.ycombinator.com

How does any tech CEO compete with the legacy of Steve Jobs? Certainly not with the "Dance Monkeyboy Dance" video.

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