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Why Steve Ballmer Won't Make Microsoft Great

By Eric Bleeker - Updated Apr 7, 2017 at 8:02PM

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The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which senior technology analyst Eric Bleeker and Chief Technology Officer Jeremy Phillips discuss topics across the investing world.

A recent issue of Bloomberg's Businessweek praised Steve Ballmer while proclaiming "No More Mr. Monkey Boy." Eric and Jeremy take a look at whether Ballmer has really become the leader that the magazine makes him out to be.

Having worked at Microsoft before, Eric says that the company badly needed a shake-up that encouraged more collaborative efforts between its siloed divisions, but he says it's not a testament to Ballmer's leadership, but rather a reminder that he failed in taking so long to create efforts between divisions, like greater ties between Bing and Xbox. Also, he notes that quotes from Ballmer in the piece, such as his claim of how close the iPhone came to failing, show that he still doesn't understand many of the most powerful trends in the technology space today.

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