Ballmer, 57, met
Ballmer, a zealous executive prone to arm-waving and hollering, did the job so well that he would become Gates' sounding board and succeed him as CEO in 2000.
"It's a tad surprising, but every other business head has been rotated out," said BGC Financial analyst
Though investors cheered the news on Friday, Gillis cautioned that it could be a "tough 12 months" for the company.
The obvious successor — former Windows head
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