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ntJanuary 13, 2000, Bill Gates shocked the world by stepping down and appointing Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. Most everyone couldn’t imagine Microsoft without Gates but eleven years after – Ballmer is still on the job. Here’s a look back at some of the biggest moments in Ballmer’s reign.
ntWhen thinking about Steve Ballmer one of the first things that comes to mind is a video of his “monkey boy” performance to rev up the legions at Microsoft. In March 2008 he was asked to reprise his role – and did photos, video.
ntSteve Ballmer’s keynote at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show was more notable for what he didn’t say.
ntAt Gartner in October 2010, Ballmer told the audience that Microsoft’s riskiest product was the next version of Windows.
ntSteve Ballmer puts on his business face and uniform – and makes the trek to Wall Street to provide analysts with an annual u201cStrategic Updateu201d overview. There he covers the areas where Microsoft plans to invest and why. Here are his seven big bets for 2009.
ntSteve Ballmer tries to hypnotize this Nasdaq audience about the business availability of Vista, Office 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 at a press conference on November 30, 2006.
ntIn 2007 Ballmer called out Red Hat, specifically, for allegedly infringing on Microsoft IP.
ntBallmer made headlines and many enemies in 2001 when he described Linux as a cancer. But by 2006 he even made deals with Novell.
ntShown here with Yahoo’s Carol Bartz, Ballmer said that no one quite gets the software giant’s search deal with Yahoo.
ntBallmer never appeared to be completely in charge of Microsoft until 2008 when Bill Gates retired. Here’s a look at what we thought of the first year of changes at Microsoft.
ntNo, Steve isn’t a car mechanic on the side. He’s visiting Ford CEO Alan Mulally at CES 2010 who is introducing Ford’s Touch and Sync.
ntOne of Ballmer’s current goals is to get Microsoft a head start in cloud computing.
ntSource: Seattle Times
ntMicrosoft’s most successful hardware device has been the Xbox 360. Here, Ballmer and Bill Gates duke it out on a huge screen.
ntThe “usual suspects” at Microsoft in 2008. From left, Bill what’s-his-name, Craig Mundie, Ray Ozzie, and Steve.
ntLet’s hear it for Apple. In 2007 Steve was telling everyone that the iPhone was too expensive and never would make it in the enterprise.
ntHigh 5 at WPC in July 2010.
ntBallmer struggles under the weight of Guy Kawasaki’s MacBook Air at Mix in March 2008.
ntBallmer dazzled CES 2010 with his red sweater.
ntAnd finally, one more “Monkey Boy.” Here’s the full gallery.