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Steve Ballmer’s Impending Departure From Microsoft Opens Spot For New CEO

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Steve Ballmer (Photo credit: jdlasica)

Steve Ballmer’s Impending Departure From Microsoft Opens Spot For New CEO

When Bill Gates stepped down as the Microsoft CEO in 2000, it was Steve Ballmer who took over as the head of the tech giant. He was the obvious choice being the company's president at the time. Now that Ballmer has announced his intention to retire within the next 12 months, speculation is rife about who his successor might be. There are plenty of names floating about but there are no clear favorites as of yet. A selection committee that includes Gates will sift through the candidates and determine his replacement.

Microsoft CEO Takes The Stage At The Consumer Electronics Show

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, presents his pre...

Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, presents his pre-show keynote at the 2010 International CES in Las Vegas Wednesday evening. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Microsoft CEO At CES

At the most recent Consumer Electronics Show, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer had originally declined to give a keynote speech but still took some time on stage to report on the company's latest developments. His decision indicates that the tech giant is not falling behind the competition or giving up the main spotlight to competitors. Instead, Ballmer's strategic move shows that Microsoft is still a major contender in product innovation, and consumers can look forward to these developments in the near future.

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