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Matthew C Klein

Six Opportunities Steve Ballmer Missed at Microsoft

Ballmer oversaw Microsoft during what's been called its lost decade, and here's a look at opportunities missed -- and botched -- during his tenure.

So now we know that Microsoft's Chief Executive Officer, Steve Ballmer, plans to retire within the next year. "Huzzah!" said the markets, as the stock price jumped on the news in what also must have been just the latest blow to Ballmer's self-esteem. No wonder, though: Ballmer oversaw Microsoft during what's been called its lost decade, and here's a look at opportunities missed -- and botched -- during his tenure.

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