Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer  leaving within 12 months

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer -- leaving within 12 months.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire: Don't Blame the Cloud

Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within a year. Despite mobile, touch, smartphone and tablet missteps, Ballmer deserves credit for Microsoft's Office 365 and Windows Azure cloud momentum -- which is impressive. 

Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months, according to a memo he sent to employees. To Ballmer's credit, Microsoft ranks among the world's Top 100 Cloud Services Providers, according to Talkin' Cloud's research. But the mobile world -- touch, tablets and smartphones -- were Ballmer's undoing. Read all the ongoing coverage about Ballmer's exit and Microsoft's next potential CEO on our sister site: The VAR Guy.

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