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September 30, 2008 at 1:24 PM

Ballmer, in Norway, talks about global financial crisis

We mentioned in our Download column Monday that you should watch for reports of what Steve Ballmer has to say as he travels through Europe this week.

Sure enough, Reuters captured some of his utterances in Norway on a subject he tacked last week here and in the Silicon Valley: financial conditions and their impact on Microsoft and the larger tech industry.

Speaking to reporters “on the sidelines of a news conference,” Ballmer said the global financial crisis will take a toll on consumer and business spending.

“We have a lot of business with the corporate sector as well as with the consumer sector and whatever happens economically will certainly effect itself on Microsoft,” he told Reuters. “I think one has to anticipate that no company is immune to these issues.”

Ballmer also announced today some Norwegian news. Microsoft is forming a research and development center in Oslo for business search systems, according to AP. The R&D is an extension of Microsoft’s $1.2 billion acquisition of Fast Search and Transfer. Fast, which has about 300 employees, will add about 50 more. The main office is in Oslo and branches are in Trondheim and Tromsoe.

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