Steve Ballmer’s Last Act Was To Unleash Office For iPad Unto The World

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Steve Ballmer. A total doofus, right? The man who said the iPhone was destined to be a failure, who thought the iPad was a dud, who stood in the way of Office being released for the iPad long after it was clear that Windows 8 was a total bust.

Okay, sure, Microsoft’s sweatiest ex-CEO was a bit of an idiot. But to be fair to the man, he did make his amends before he was forced out by incumbent CEO Satya Nadella. In fact, Ballmer’s last oleaginous act as CEO appears to have been greenlighting the release of Office for iPad.

That, at least, is the claim of the Office for iPad team, in a recent Reddit AMA. There, an Office for iPad team member explains:

nuqqet9k: “Is Satya the MSsiah like the tech media is portraying him? How much of the recent headline-making moves can be credited to him, and how many were Ballmer’s?”

officeforipad: “The decision to ship Office for iPad was made before Satya became CEO. Steve Ballmer approved the plan to ship Office for iPad.” — Kaberi, Technical Product Manager, Office for iPad

If this is true, it appears that Ballmet’s last act as CEO might have been one of contrition. Having held up the release of Office for iPad for years, the last thing he did before exiting Microsoft was set the company on the course on which it belonged. Enough to make the man seem noble, huh?

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