That’s the opinion of the folks over at Business 2.0 Magazine who have Steve Ballmer featured prominently on their list of 10 People Who Don’t Matter:
Let’s face it: The head of the world’s biggest software company is a lame duck. Sure, Microsoft’s board still backs Ballmer as CEO, and he still has a core of loyal executives within the company. But with longtime partner Bill Gates stepping away from his day-to-day role to focus on saving the world, and Ray Ozzie playing the role of resident visionary, the CEO job just won’t be as much fun.
They apparently feel that it will be mighty tempting for Mr. Ballmer to just take his marbles and move on. There are some other controversial names on the list too, so it’s a great circulation builder for a slow summer day. Probably why I mentioned it too.