Steve Ballmer Retiring After Microsoft Beats Google Search Market Share

Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) Steve Ballmer believed that he would retire when his youngest child would go to college in about 9 or 10 years.  Now he’s ready to leave only after Microsoft beats Google in search market share.  Yahoo! and Microsoft are both continuously dropping in search market share against Google.

Ballmer made this announcement on Thursday at the annual Microsoft employee meeting.  What will make this even more difficult is Google’s current search dominant market share position.  Below are the statistics as of the beginning of the year:

Not only is Google catching up to in terms of market valuation, the search engine company jumped about 10 spots from the previous year in the Interbrand Best Global Brands List.  Microsoft is at #3 and Google is now at #10. 

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Steve Ballmer Retiring After Microsoft Beats Google Search Market Share Comments

  1. Robert says:

    While I’m rooting for anyone who is putting it to Google I imagine that Ballmer will be more like Mugabe… never retiring at this rate. Good luck though.

  2. Shahnawaz says:

    It is the positive thinking that is leading the way for Google. Unlike Microsoft, its efforts are mostly to better customer experience and learning from mistakes, if any.

  3. Fred says:

    Ballmer just wanted to be in the news. He is never going anywhere.

  4. Jon says:

    Just Ballmer and Microsoft trying to get some publicity, I doubt he’s going anywhere.

  5. MGA says:

    Which means, he won’t be able to retire, LoL …

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