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The Ugly Truth Behind Ballmer's Split With Microsoft

Despite all appearances, Steve Ballmer decision to leave Microsoft was far from harmonious. “It was neither planned nor as smooth as portrayed,” AllThingsD reports. “Instead, sources said Ballmer’s timeline had been moved up drastically -- first by him and then the nine-member board … due to a number of increasingly problematic issues on the immediate horizon -- including a potentially nasty proxy fight, continued business performance declines and, perhaps most of all, that Ballmer’s leadership was becoming a very obvious lightning rod.”



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