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Microsoft CEO visits Israel, meets with Netanyahu

In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York. Ballmer is kicking off an international promotional tour on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 for the new Windows 8 operating system in Israel.

In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York. Ballmer is kicking off an international promotional tour on Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 for the new Windows 8 operating system in Israel.

 
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By Associated Press

JERUSALEM -- Microsoft says its chief executive is kicking off an international promotional tour for the new Windows 8 operating system in Israel.

Steve Ballmer met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday. Later, he was to address a high-tech conference. According to a statement issued by the prime minister's office, Ballmer said it is his fourth time in Israel.

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Microsoft maintains a large research and development center in Israel, one of its three largest worldwide. Many global tech giants have sizable research operations in the country.

Microsoft launched Windows 8 just 10 days ago. It also launched its first tablet computer, the Surface.

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