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Microsoft-Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer speaks at a Microsoft event in San Francisco June 26. Ballmer, who helped build Microsoft into a technology empire and then struggled to prevent it from crumbling under his own leadership, will retire within the next 12 months. The world's biggest software company did not name a successor. Microsoft Corp.'s stock shot up 9 percent in premarket trading following the news.