Ballmer ain't going nowhere!
Microsoft is just one of a bunch of giant large-cap companies that have been delivering stellar financial results but have elicited nothing but yawns from Wall Street. This is hardly Ballmer's fault. IBM, Time Warner, and Home Depot are other examples. Profit growth seems not to matter.
In any event, kudos to Kirkpatrick for going against the general media tide and consider it my contribution to a balanced debate regarding Ballmer!