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Microsoft’s Ballmer to retire

Microsoft Corp's chief executive for the past 13 years, Steve Ballmer has unexpectedly announced his retirement, ending a controversial 13-year reign in which the world's largest software company lost its position as the dominant force in computing, Reuters has reported. The company said it had engaged an executive search firm and would consider both internal and external candidates to succeed Ballmer. "We are well down the path in the search," said board member John Thomson, who is leading a search committee that also includes Gates.