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In role reversal, Ballmer stays composed, Gates chokes up, in shareholder meeting

Juan Carlos Perez | Nov. 20, 2013
It was another farewell appearance for Ballmer, who will reitre as CEO at some point in the next nine months or so

Another shareholder questioned Microsoft's marketing strategy for Windows 8, saying it doesn't do a good job of letting people know the compelling new features it has. Ballmer said he welcomed suggestions on how to improve the business, in particular Windows 8 sales.

When the issue of the company's stock price was raised -- a sore point for many shareholders because it has fallen during Ballmer's tenure -- Ballmer said the focus needs to be on the company's competitiveness and on its financial health, and that the share price will reflect those two elements.

All of the ballot questions posed to shareholders were approved according to the board's recommendations, including the re-election of all nine board members.


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