Ballmer Exit Leaves Microsoft Searching for Hero in PC Slump

Ballmer Exit Leaves Microsoft Searching for Hero in PC Slump

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Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer of Microsoft Corp., right, and Tony Bates, chief executive officer of Skype Technologies SA, announce Microsoft's acquisition of Skype in San Francisco on May 10, 2011. Bates, is among the leading choices among Microsoft’s executives, to replace Steve Ballmer according to people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the process isn’t public.