Speaking of the highly-touted financials, here’s another way to look at it. John Paczkowski:
Here’s one metric by which Ballmer will be judged harshly. On the last day of 1999, the day before he took over as CEO, Microsoft’s market capitalization was $600 billion. On the day before he announced his intention to retire, it was less than $270 billion.
Some of that was the tech bubble bursting, of course. But some of it was not. For proof of that, look no further than the fact that Microsoft’s stock is surging on the news of Ballmer’s retirement (something which has personally netted him almost a billion dollars).