Ballmer's Legacy: 10 Highlights And Lowlights For Microsoft's CEO

The Ballmer Years

Steve Ballmer became a household name in January 2000 when he succeeded Bill Gates as the CEO of Microsoft. Ballmer took over at a pivotal time for the software giant, which was embroiled in a major antitrust case with the Department of Justice and heading toward a major stock market drop and resulting recession. Here's a look at five highlights and five lowlights from Ballmer's time at the helm of Microsoft.


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