In November of 2012, Windows 8 president Stephen Sinofsky abruptly left the company after 23 years of service. Sinofsky was the man recognised with improving Windows' usability (as of Vista) and made sure its release and updates adhered to strict timelines. Unfortunately he's just one of many recent departures.
Former Windows 8 President Stephen Sinofsky
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Windows and online head Kevin Johnson, Microsoft Office chief Stephen Elop and software guru Ray Ozzie all parted company with Microsoft under Ballmer's reign.
"Ozzie is a great software guy, he knew what he was doing. But when you see Steve (Ballmer) and him on stage where he (Ozzie) opposed Steve, it was Steve's way or the highway," Kempin said.
Ray Ozzie (Left) and Steve Ballmer (Rght)
Leading the company is not the role Ballmer is best suited for, warns Kempin, who claims Ballmer was best utilised as the company's Chief Operating Officer.
"Steve is a very good business guy, but make him a chief operating officer, not a CEOâ€¦I respect that guy (Ballmer), but there are some limitations in what he can and can't do and maybe he hasn't realized them himself."