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Ballmer Challenges Partners to Bet on Microsoft, Against Competitors

Steve Ballmer laid down a loyalty challenge to its partner channel in kicking off the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference: Velocity 2006 this morning. According to Ballmer, partners need to make a choice between Microsoft and its competitors in search and portal; unified communications; and security. "Will you choose to work with us or your traditional partners?" Ballmer asked.

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Posted by Scott Bekker on July 11, 2006 at 11:57 AM


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