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Microsoft outgoing CEO Ballmer bids emotional farewell to Wall Street

Published on Sep 20, 2013 11:21 AM
 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gestures during his keynote address at the Microsoft "Build" conference in San Francisco, California in this file photo from June 26, 2013. Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has made an impassioned plea to investors to support his vision of the world's largest software company as a unified devices and services powerhouse in his swan song before Wall Street. -- FILE  PHOTO: REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer has made an impassioned plea to investors to support his vision of the world's largest software company as a unified devices and services powerhouse in his swan song before Wall Street.

Mr Ballmer, who in August said he planned to step down within 12 months, told investors and analysts in an annual meeting on Thursday that Microsoft had a bright future, despite mis-steps under his 13-year tenure.

"We have the tools. There's economic upside here. In the long run, we are almost uniquely poised to seize the opportunity," he said, in a typically high-volume presentation.

"Today I'm speaking as an investor. You all own Microsoft stock, cheer for it, for God's sake."

 
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