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Ballmer Resigns from Microsoft Board

Steve Ballmer has announced that he is resigning from Microsoft's board of directors with immediate effect. This comes six months after Satya Nadella replaced him as CEO of Microsoft and 34 years after joining Microsoft.

Ballmer begins by saying

Microsoft has been my life's work and I am proud of that and excited by what I see in front of the company and this leadership team. There are challenges ahead but the opportunities are even larger. No company in the world has the mix of software skills, cloud skills, and hardware skills we have assembled. We draw talent as well as any company in the world.


While no longer a member of the board, Ballmer is still the largest individual shareholder of Microsoft shares, ensuring that he will still have quite some influence over the company in the future.

I bleed Microsoft — have for 34 years and I always will. I continue to love discussing the company's future. I love trying new products and sending feedback. I love reading about what is going on at the company. Count on me to keep ideas and inputs flowing. The company will move to higher heights. I will be proud, and I will benefit through my share ownership. I promise to support and encourage boldness by management in my role as a shareholder in any way I can.

You can read the full letter on the Microsoft press website along with Satya's response and thanks.

Image via Edge.

Edward Callow, the author of this post, is a blogger, photographer and technology expert. When not writing for Hackerspace, he's designing websites and working with computer security. You can follow him on Twitter @MrEdwardCallow or email him.


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