Ballmer laughs at the iPhone in 2007. He is unable to see just how transformative it is and does not really adapt Microsoft’s business in important ways to adequately deal with the sea change in the industry to mobile devices.
Within a few years, Apple’s iPhone revenue alone is larger than all of Microsoft’s. A good CEO does not make that big a misjudgment of the marketplace.
Now he will leave a damaged company with little purchase in the market.
Microsoft is in as bad a shape as Apple was before Jobs came back. I wonder what they will do to find a similar sort of innovative leader? My dance card is open.