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Bill Gates Promotes Microsoft
President Steve Ballmer to CEO

By Michael J. Martinez   Associated Press
REDMOND, Wash. — Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on Thursday promoted longtime friend and president Steve Ballmer to chief executive officer of the software giant that Gates founded.

Gates said he was taking the action so he could return "to what I love most — focusing on technologies for the future."

Gates, who has turned over much of the day-to-day operations of Microsoft to Ballmer over the past year and a half, will remain chairman but will also take the title, "chief software architect."

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