Data Sheet—Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by Heather Clancy @FortuneMagazine August 20, 2014, 7:51 AM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons By now, you’ve heard “bold, bombastic” ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is giving up his board position. Bill Gates is still around, but now the buck really stops with Satya Nadella. After 34 years (egads!) it’s time, but I’ll miss Steve. A favorite quote, from Microsoft’s 2012 partner conference: “The truth of the matter is it’s hard to invent anything. It’s hard to invent a new thing, and it’s just as hard to invent another new thing. I think we’ve been pretty successful, but it’s hard. It is hard. I think we’ve done a pretty good job of it. We not only did Windows, we did Office.” Hope your average as a bold, bombastic basketball owner is just as good, Steve B. Have a great Wednesday, Data Sheet readers.