January 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.
When 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.
Steve Ballmer's keynote at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show was more notable for what he didn't say.
At Gartner in October 2010, Ballmer told the audience that Microsoft's riskiest product was the next version of Windows.
Steve Ballmer puts on his business face and uniform - and makes the trek to Wall Street to provide analysts with an annual “Strategic Update” overview. There he covers the areas where Microsoft plans to invest and why. Here are his seven big bets for 2009.
Steve 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.
Probably the most controversial product developed during Ballmer's time as Microsoft's chief is Windows Vista. in early 2008 Ballmer was defending the OS as a "work in progress" but had given up on it later in the year as Windows 7 neared.