Tom Warren with words from former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on his former boss, Bill Gates:
When I became CEO we had a very miserable year. Bill didn’t know how to work for anybody, and I didn’t know how to manage Bill. I’m not sure I ever learned the latter.
Gates left in 2008 and Ballmer took over at Microsoft.
Microsoft was kind of the thing that really bound us… since I’ve gone we really have drifted a little bit… There was a fundamental disagreement about how important it was to be in the hardware business. I had pushed Surface, the board had been a little reluctant in supporting it, and things came to a climax about what to do about the phone business.
Ballmer blamed Microsoft’s board of directors for the Nokia acquisition disaster.