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Reminder: Ballmer's In Charge

Steve Ballmer has never been a shy sort. In high school he would have run the Glee Club, done all the morning announcements and told the assistant principal exactly how to run things. So any perception that Ballmer hasn't been running the show at Microsoft are as false as a Tour de France doping denial (Floyd for now possibly excepted).

But with all the questions about Bill (Gates, in case you were unsure) retiring, Ballmer saw it fit to explain his exact role -- as in "I run this company!" Ballmer will be as aggressive as ever, which is good and bad. Good because we want our tech companies to push the envelope; bad because so many terrific third parties are in Redmond's crosshairs and Ballmer is clearly gunning for them.

Posted by Doug Barney on August 01, 2006 at 11:52 AM


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