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Microsoft’s next big challenge: Stopping talent from following Ballmer out the door

Microsoft Steve Ballmer Departure Analysis

With no successor now lined up to take outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer’s place, Microsoft faces a danger that many employees will run for the exits while the future of the company is still up in the air. Bloomberg reports that Microsoft “is telling employees that a reorganization plan by departing Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer will go ahead, seeking to reassure senior managers who are concerned that the search for a successor will throw turnaround efforts into disarray.” This means that Microsoft will continue to follow Ballmer’s blueprint for transforming the company into a more cohesive unit that focusses on devices and services no matter whom the company eventually appoints as its next chief executive.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.