Steve Ballmer officially steps down from Microsoft board

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer steps down from board as he focuses on other endeavors during his retirement.

Published Tue, Aug 19 2014 1:59 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer wrote a letter addressed to current CEO Satya Nadella, stating he is stepping down as a Microsoft board member. Ballmer retired almost six months ago and Microsoft picked Nadella to try to steer the company into a mobile, cloud-connected world.

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"I bleed Microsoft - have for 34 years and I always will," Ballmer wrote in the letter. "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."

It's not a surprise to hear Ballmer has stepped down from the board, especially as his focus turns more towards the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team. In addition to owning the NBA franchise, Ballmer has stayed active in the non-profit community, teaching and studying, which is "taking a lot of time."

Many look at Ballmer's leadership and say he failed at helping Microsoft embrace two objectives that remain difficult for the company today: mobile and cloud offerings. The company's Windows Phone OS and tablet struggle, but Microsoft is making major strides in cloud computing.

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