Word is coming out from All Things D that Steve Ballmer's retirement was more than likely forced upon him by the board and former CEO and founder, Bill Gates. Even though Microsoft has enjoyed profits during the years, the value of the company has been receeding and it's anemic.
Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer has announced he will retire as CEO of the company in one year. Ballmer, who's tenure at the helm is best described as rocky, said his biggest regret were the problems with creating Vista. Leo says that Ballmer's inability to see rising trends has been his achilles heal. Microsoft was very late to develop a compelling smartphone, and the Surface RT caused Microsoft to write off almost $200 million. Windows 8's metro and desktop interfaces have also caused a lot of confusion among users.