Steve Ballmer to Retire from Microsoft and Links

After years of disappointing product launches Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire at some point in the next 12 months.

From Windows Vista to Windows 8 to the Surface tablet to the Xbox One getting trounced by Sony’s Playstation, there have been too many products that have fallen flat.  Meanwhile Microsoft’s competitors have become stronger and in some instances completely dominated the marketplace.

To me this underlines the importance of never sitting back on your laurels.  The same holds true for your finances.  Many of Microsoft’s most recent products were a reaction to a competitor’s innovation.  Likewise we can’t wait until something happens to change our finances, we have to think ahead, plan in advance, and start making changes now.

It will be interesting to see what the next person in line brings to Microsoft. Will you let your finances fall into a rut? Or will you start planning ahead using some of these great reads below?

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Published or updated December 30, 2014.


  1. Microsoft needs to change with the times! Their most recent office 365 product is starting to address it, but it is too late. Google Docs has had it for years. Everything is online and they are behind the times. They need a leadership change.

    Thanks for the links, I am in good company.

  2. Microsoft still has monopoly in corporate computer usage. But you’re right they are only bring products in reaction to the competitors, even Bing is a prime example. 4

    Thanks for mentioning my post!

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