Bill Gates chokes up at Ballmer’s good­bye

The Washington Times Daily - - Business - From wire dis­patches and staff re­ports

de­bris can pierce the car’s un­der­body and bat­tery. The Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Ad­min­is­tra­tion, which an­nounced the probe early Tues­day, is look­ing into two in­ci­dents in which Model S driv­ers struck metal ob­jects on high­ways.

LOS AN­GE­LES | Mi­crosoft Chair­man Bill Gates choked up while read­ing from pre­pared re­marks dur­ing Steve Ballmer’s fi­nal share­hold­ers meet­ing as chief ex­ec­u­tive.

The co-founder of the soft­ware gi­ant said progress was be­ing made to find Mr. Ballmer’s re­place­ment and he thanked him for serv­ing as CEO for the past 13 years. Only Mr. Gates and Mr. Ballmer, 57, have led Mi­crosoft Corp. since its found­ing in 1975.

Mr. Ballmer, who said in Au­gust that he would step down within 12 months, was mostly light-hearted at what he called a “unique and fun meet­ing.”

He de­fended Mi­crosoft’s move into hard­ware with its Sur­face line of tablets, which has been a money-loser so far, as well as its de­ci­sion to pur­chase Nokia’s de­vices busi­ness for $7.2 bil­lion. The ac­qui­si­tion was ap­proved by Nokia Corp. share­hold­ers Tues­day in Helsinki.


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