Ballmer on the Skids?Last time we looked, Steve Ballmer was still CEO of Microsoft. That's only worth mentioning if on Thursday you were tuned into the Wall Street rumor mill, which churned out a story that Chairman Bill Gates' best friend was about to be ousted from the company he helped found. Some sources even claimed that Ballmer would be replaced by Jeff Raikes, who heads the company's business division. What really happened, according to sources close the matter, was this: Ballmer called an all-hands meeting to discuss performance reviews and compensation Thursday afternoon. As is often the case with Microsoft, part of the truth leaked out, and that was enough to get the wheels spinning. Could there be some management changes in the offing? Sure, there are a number of vacancies in the organizational chart. But given the friendly board of directors, not to mention Ballmer's huge stake in the company and his friendship with Gates, a change at the very top seems highly unlikely.
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