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Ballmer Can't Save Microsoft From Death to Blackberry, Google, Apple

Stock quotes in this article: MSFT, BBRY, GOOG, AAPL

Google continues to build out its empire. By the end of the year, Google services, which include productivity tools, will poach consumers and enterprises away from Windows.

And, if Tim Cook has any semblance of a clue at Apple (AAPL), he's quietly preparing to, once and for all, beef up the iWorks and aggressively go after Microsoft with consumers and corporations. When you consider how business has embraced Apple products without viable OS X and iOS productivity software, imagine how sticky the Mac/iPhone/iPad ecosystem becomes with something better than today's iterations of Pages, Keynote and Numbers.

Steve Ballmer has done nothing but position Microsoft to die at the hands of Blackberry, Google and Apple. How the man keeps his job is something only Bill Gates and the rest of the Microsoft board of directors knows. In fact, in addition to and outside of Ballmer and Gates, MSFT shareholders should be calling for the collective heads of that Board's other seven members.

-- Written by Rocco Pendola in Santa Monica, Calif.

Rocco Pendola is TheStreet's Director of Social Media. Pendola's daily contributions to TheStreet frequently appear on CNBC and at various top online properties, such as Forbes.
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