Microsoft promises to keep hammering away at same business principles that were forged during the tenure of CEO Steve Ballmer, who has announced he\u2019s leaving the company within a year.According to The Official Microsoft Blog\u00a0the company will adhere to the core beliefs that it and Ballmer first articulated last fall:BALLMER: Windows 8 is not his biggest regret\u00a0WHAT HAPPENED: Perceived missteps may have hit a tipping point for Ballmer\u00a0QUIZ: Steve Ballmer said what?\u00a0\u201cWe believe that technology is the key to unlocking human potential\u00a0in all its forms, and that our job is to make it as broadly accessible as possible.\u201cThat people don\u2019t stop being people when they go to work or stop making things happen when they go home.\u201cThat being human is at least as defined by creating as it is by watching, playing and sharing.\u201cThat evolution entails an ongoing, messy diversification of use cases, form factors and scenarios, not a simple clean progression\u00a0from\u00a0one thing to another.\u201cThat the\u00a0intersection\u00a0between hardware, software and the cloud services that connect them is the space where great things happen.\u201cAnd finally, we believe that any attempt to isolate these activities from one another and treat the boundaries between them as fixed vs. fluid is artificial and limiting.This is pretty much the set of talking points the company has been stressing for the past 10 or 11 months. They play out in the diverse set of products Microsoft offers as described this way in the blog, written by Frank Shaw, corporate vice president of corporate communications: devices and services; enterprise and consumer; individuals and teams; cloud and on premise; infrastructure and line of business; OEM and first party; work and play.Reiterating these goals and ideals in the blog implies that Microsoft plans to keep following them. On the one hand this could be viewed as a reassuring statement that Microsoft will remain stable during the transition away from Ballmer. On the other, it could be interpreted as a firm commitment to the same policies and choices that led to dissatisfaction with Ballmer in the first place, which would tie the hands of a new CEO and minimize any impact that person might have.That it signals a certain stability going forward will be comforting to corporate customers with mammoth investments in Microsoft products and product roadmaps. No doubt allaying the fears of customers is one goal of the blot. But it also fails to address what changes they can expect with a new CEO, something else businesses need to hear in order to be reassured.Shaw\u2019s blog criticizes those who have written negatively about Microsoft in the wake of the announcement that Ballmer is leaving. \u201cSo when people see the \u201cworst of times\u201d while we see the best still ahead of us,\u201d says the blog, \u201cwe know it\u2019s simply because we\u2019re not looking through the same frame or the same time horizon.\u201dIt\u2019s not clear what time horizon Shaw is talking about. At the very least, it\u2019s the period between now and when Ballmer leaves. But it might easily stretch beyond that, which would impose these goals and ideals on Ballmer\u2019s replacement.If that\u2019s the case the replacement CEO won\u2019t be able to address some of the criticism facing Microsoft: that it\u2019s lost focus with too many diverse products; that it\u2019s missed the boat on mobility; that it\u2019s been left behind in tablets. And then what\u2019s the point of getting rid of Ballmer in the first place?The true goal here seems to be to keep customers as happy as possible until the new CEO hits the ground and decides what changes to make.Tim Greene covers Microsoft and unified communications for Network World and writes the\u00a0Mostly Microsoft blog. Reach him at\firstname.lastname@example.org\u00a0and follow him on Twitter@Tim_Greene.More on Microsoft:Microsoft\u2019s SkyDrive hits trademark trouble in EuropeMicrosoft boosts its Electronic Frontier Foundation privacy ratingMicrosoft lures Windows XP business customers to Windows 8 with a 15% discount\u00a0Microsoft Hotmail, Outlook, SkyDrive problems could hurt customer confidenceMicrosoft seeks to capture a generation of Office 365 usersMicrosoft could pay billions for running afoul in Europe\u00a0Should Azure customers worry about reliability?Windows 8 guru names the top 8 trends at CES\u00a0Windows 8 portables to get inexpensive, long-lived by Xmas 2013?\u2018Christmas gift for someone you hate: Windows 8\u2019Rumored follow-ons for Surface tablets; reduced orders for original SurfaceMicrosoft buys a starring role for its Surface tablet on TV\u2019s 'Suburgatory'