Ballmer's challenge: stopping Google
Microsoft Corp. Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer was about to leave for a three week Scottish golf vacation in July 2004 when Bill Gates called him into his office and dropped a bombshell. Twenty nine years after founding the world's largest software maker, Gates wanted to end his day to day involvement.
"Concerned is not the right word," says Ballmer, 50, recalling his reaction. "I was thoughtful. Bill is a unique person, and so the way we would have to move forward would have to be different." Ballmer's challenge: stopping Google : The Morning Call Online
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