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Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Steve Ballmer delivers his final emotional speech to Microsoft employees

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gave his last company-wide employee meeting talk this week, ending with an emotional outpouring of gratitude and appreciation for the company and for the thousands of employees in attendance. The outpouring ran in both directions. The audience cheered as Ballmer shouted, "Soak it in! All of you. Soak it in. You work for the greatest company in the world. Soak it in. And I want to say thank you. I want to say thank you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you."

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Ford CEO reportedly top pick to replace Ballmer as Microsoft chief

Ford CEO reportedly top pick to replace Ballmer as Microsoft chief

Ford CEO Alan Mulally has taken pole position among potential candidates for the Microsoft CEO job, sources claim, despite the exec's ongoing denials that he has ambitions to replace Steve Ballmer. Mulally's name was pushed by Microsoft's board as a possibility, it was reported earlier this month, but Nokia's Stephen Elop was believed to be the frontrunner as he returned to the firm following the smartphone division acquisition. Now, AllThingsD reports, favor has returned to focus on Mulally.

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Ballmer says Microsoft is last company battling against Google “monopoly”

Ballmer says Microsoft is last company battling against Google “monopoly”

Shortly after Microsoft rolled out its new look and features for Bing, the company's CEO Steve Ballmer spoke of the search engine in a presentation held during a financial analysts meeting. During his presentation, the executive referred to Google having a monopoly, and quipped that Microsoft is the last company competing against it, with Bing being a vital part of that effort.

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Microsoft investors reportedly push board to consider Ford CEO as possible Ballmer replacement

Microsoft investors reportedly push board to consider Ford CEO as possible Ballmer replacement

The hunt for a replacement to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on, and with it have come many possible candidates, including Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, as we noted earlier this month. According to sources who spoke with Reuters, some of Microsoft's investors are leaning a different direction, saying they want a "turnaround expert" while citing a couple of individuals they want added to the candidate pool.

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Microsoft’s Ballmer retirement more pushed than planned say sources

Microsoft’s Ballmer retirement more pushed than planned say sources

Steve Ballmer's surprise announcement that the Microsoft CEO would retire within twelve months came after significant internal pressure to step down, sources suggest, despite the chief execs own insistence to the contrary. The unexpected news gave Microsoft stock a jolt last week and set rumor-mongers whispering, but according to AllThingsD's research from unnamed sources inside the company, the decision is seen as the result of a push rather than Ballmer opting to step down voluntarily.

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Steve Ballmer retirement gives Microsoft stock a jolt

Steve Ballmer retirement gives Microsoft stock a jolt

This morning it was announced that Steve Ballmer would be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 month period - MSFT was sent soaring up 7% in trading immediately following this news blast. While the stock still sits closer to 35 than it does to its recent high back in June (and again in July) with nearly 36, there's still a lot to be said for a company that's sitting at less than half the market capitalization it had back when Ballmer began his tenure as CEO.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces retirement inside a year

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announces retirement inside a year

This morning Microsoft has made an announcement suggesting CEO Steve Ballmer will be stepping down within the next 12 months. Saying that there's "never a perfect time for this type of transition", Ballmer made clear that this was his intention all along, and that the company needs "a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction." This "new direction" he speaks of refers to the company "transforming" into a devices and services company rather than strictly a software company, this change-over being made with devices like the Microsoft Surface tablets and the variety of services included with Windows 8.

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Windows and Windows Phone merge tipped as peak of big Ballmer shake-up

Windows and Windows Phone merge tipped as peak of big Ballmer shake-up

Microsoft could pull together its Windows and Windows Phone divisions into a single, unified team as part of the upcoming "major" reorganization, it's suggested, better emphasizing the connections between the company's PC and smartphone offerings. Chatter of a significant juggling in Microsoft's various divisions began earlier this month, with CEO Steve Ballmer said to be planning considerable changes to how it was organized as it positions itself as "a devices and services company." That, it's claimed now, includes breaking down the walls between the Windows and Windows phone teams.

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