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End Of An Era

The impending retirement of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer within the next 12 months comes during a difficult time for the software giant.Microsoft is in the midst of charting a new strategic direction after losing ground to rivals and credibility with consumers. Ballmer's departure, along with a number of other senior executives over the last year, leaves Microsoft with more questions than answers.

Posted on August 26, 2013, at 5:18 p.m. ET

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer waves after speaking at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.
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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer waves after speaking at a Microsoft event in San Francisco, Wednesday, June 26, 2013.

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