Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer To Retire Within A Year

The company said Friday that Ballmer will stay on until his successor is found. He has been with the company for more than 30 years, and became CEO in 2000.

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MONTAGNE: Microsoft has announced its CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within the next 12 months. A statement released this morning says he'll stay on until his successor is found. Ballmer has been with the company for more than 30 years and he became CEO in 2000. Microsoft, which, of course, is famous for its Windows operating system for personal computers has had trouble adapting as more consumers shift to mobile devices and its stock jumped sharply on the news of Ballmer's impending retirement.

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