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Wired: Ballmer Takes Over for Gates

Jan 13, 2000, 23:14 (9 Talkback[s])

"Steve Ballmer, Bill Gates' longtime right-hand man at Microsoft, was named CEO on Thursday, effective 27 January. Ballmer, 46, replaced Gates as the company's president in July 1998."

"Gates, who will retain his title of chairman and assume the newly created role of chief software architect, said, "I've had the same job for 25 years.... I see this is a very good transition for the company."

"In his new position, Gates will focus on promoting and improving the company's Windows 2000 operating system, scheduled for release in February."

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