Ballmer ends tough week with board backing

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Ballmer ends tough week with board backing

Simon Quicke

It has not been the best of weeks for Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer who revealed the rough schedule for the release of Windows 8 and then had to back track and was heavily criticised by a leading hedge fund manager who called for his resignation to further the vendor's future.

After Ballmer told developers at a Toyko conference that Windows 8 would come out next year earlier this week, which provoked a response from the vendor describing his comments as a misstatement, he then separately faced calls for his resignation yesterday.

The influential hedge fund manager David Einhorn said that in his opinion Ballmer was too stuck in the past and was one of the greatest obstacles to the vendor moving forward and called for his dismissal.

Microsoft has not commented directly on the matter but according to wire reports the vendor's nine-strong board is supporting Ballmer.


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