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Article posted: 10/27/2012 7:29 AM

Windows 8: Make-or-break moment for Microsoft CEO Ballmer

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Steve Ballmer, CEO Microsoft, speaks about the "Next Generation Internet" during a presentation earlier this month in Zurich, Switzerland. Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If the dramatic overhaul of the Windows operating system flops, it will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind other technology giants as the world moves on to smartphones, tablets and other sleek devices from Apple, Google and Amazon.

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can't afford to be wrong about Windows 8. If it flops, the failure will reinforce perceptions that Microsoft is falling behind competitors. If Ballmer is right, Windows 8 will prove that the world's largest software maker still has the technological chops and marketing muscle to shape the future of computing. "This is going to be his defining moment," said technology industry analyst Patrick Moorhead of Moor Insights & Strategy.
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