20 Questions With Microsoft's Ballmer


Ballmer Sounds Off On Apple, Surface And Partners

Since taking the helm of Microsoft 12 years ago, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been forced to navigate seismic shifts from the dot.com bust to the worldwide economic meltdown. After addressing some 16,000 partners at the company's Worldwide Partners Conference on July 9, Ballmer spoke with CRN about Microsoft's Surface Tablet, Apple and the future ahead for Microsoft and its partners. Here are edited excerpts from the interview.