Steve Ballmer is leaving identity crisis-hit Microsoft.
The software maker's chief announced his intention to retire from MS within the next year.
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He said: "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time."
Whomever the new boss of Microsoft will be, he or she has a big job ahead of them in forcing the company to swallow a business strategy that wraps itself around devices and services - something Redmond has failed to achieve to date.
Microsoft, in recent months, has undergone one of the biggest restructures in its life as the Seattle-based company attempts to shake off the fact that it is still best known for selling shrink-wrapped packages of software.
The hunt is now on for a replacement and Microsoft said a special committee would direct the transition from Ballmerism.
Microsoft shares are already up nearly 9 per cent as this article is published following the announcement. ®