Former Microsoft executive says CEO Ballmer culls internal rivals to retain power

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer displays Windows Phone 8 devices at the Qualcomm pre-show keynote at the CES in Las VegasSEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer is not the right leader for the world's largest software company but holds his grip on it by systematically forcing out any rising manager who challenges his authority, claims a former senior executive who has written a book about his time at the company. "For Microsoft to really get back in the game seriously, you need a big change in management," said Joachim Kempin, who worked at Microsoft between 1983 and 2002, overseeing the sales of Windows software to computer makers for part of that time. …


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