If this was football, vote of confidence for Ballmer would be kiss of death

What a week it's been for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. First, he inadvertently lets slip the release date for Windows 8, then Skype, the company he has shelled out $8.5bn of Microsoft's money to buy, suffers from a serious outage. 

Just to compound matters, a leading hedge fund manager, David Einhorn at the Greenlight Capital Fund, says Steve should give someone else a chance because his "continued presence is the biggest overhang on Microsoft's stock".

Now, we hear the company's board has given him the dreaded vote of confidence. Of course the technology industry is nothing like football, but if it was, I wouldn't be placing any bets on Ballmer being the one to front the launch of Windows 8 next year.

This was first published in May 2011

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