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Microsoft Pri0

Welcome to Microsoft Pri0: That's Microspeak for top priority, and that's the news and observations you'll find here from Seattle Times technology reporter Matt Day.

May 27, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Report: Microsoft board supports Ballmer

Thumbnail image for USC_Commencement ballmer.JPGAfter investor David Einhorn said Wednesday that Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer should leave, Reuters reported that the board supports Ballmer.

The Reuters article, which cited an anonymous source close to the board, said the support is unanimous across the nine-member board.

On Thursday, Microsoft’s stock opened at $24.35 and closed at $24.67 per share on the gossip surrounding Einhorn’s comments.

The last time I spoke to Ballmer was at the end of September last year. At the time, I asked Ballmer whether he felt he had the board’s support and here is what he said below.

Please keep in mind that this interview, and Ballmer’s comments, are now more than eight months old.

Q: How long do you plan to stay as CEO?

“I don’t know. I’m working away doing te best job I know how to do. The company continues to grow. Outside my family, this is my baby. I want to make sure whenever I go, the baby’s in great health. [Actually,] it’s not a baby, it must be at least a teenager. I want to make sure the place is in very good shape. I love what I’m doing.”

Q: Do you feel like you have the board’s support?

“Sure.”

(Photo of Steve Ballmer accepting honorary degree at University of Southern California on May 13, 2011: Nick Ut / AP)

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