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Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft's Board

Steve Ballmer Steps Down From Microsoft's Board

After more than a third of a century at Microsoft, Steve Ballmer announced today he’ll leave the software giant’s board, effective immediately.

Ballmer, who remains the company’s biggest shareholder — he owns more shares than Bill Gates, who has pared his holdings in recent years — said he’s been reflecting on his role at Microsoft since he yielded the CEO job to Satya Nadella almost a half a year ago. Notably, he took on a new challenge during that time as owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.

The transition from Ballmer to Nadella represents a shift in direction for Microsoft from a software company that dominated desktop computing to one that is fighting to find its place in a world where mobile is destined to become the leading computing platform and software will increasingly be sold as a subscription service. Nadella is leading multiple initiatives in that direction by championing Office 365, SharePoint Online and other products.

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