Last Friday, August 23rd, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he would retire within the next months from his position as CEO, after being hired in 1980 by Bill Gates as Microsoft’s first business manager. In the following years, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer revolutionized the way we live our lives with the revolution of the personal computer. Thirty-three years later, Microsoft is still one of the biggest players in the technology industry, if not the biggest, and is not looking at slowing down anytime soon. Steve Ballmer, in a press release from Microsoft announcing his retirement, said that “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction”. Steve Ballmer realizes that is time for a newer, younger generation of innovators to lead Microsoft forward in this new era of tablets, social media, smartphones, and cloud computing. The question on everybody’s mind now is who will replace a man who has been with Microsoft so long and who will have big shoes to fill. It could be a internal executive or it could be an external executive. One name that comes to mind is Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO of Facebook. He is young, highly intelligent, technologically savvy, and is at the forefront of the technology industry today. Mark Zuckerberg has the brains and guts to lead Microsoft forward into the world of mobile and cloud computing in a more successful manner, as it has already gotten those industries but not in a very successful manner. The only way that I see this happening is that if Microsoft were to purchase Facebook, Inc. outright and make Mark Zuckerberg CEO of Microsoft. This would be hugely beneficial to both companies, as Facebook would have access to a whole new world of services and talent, and Microsoft would get a CEO that has proven that he can handle starting and running a business very successfully, who is able to push forward with new innovation, try out new things, and they would also get access to the resources and technology that Facebook has. It’s a win-win for both companies and Silicon Valley.————–
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