Microsoft CEO to step down, Twitter steps game up

Friday, 23 Aug 2013 | 11:20 AM ET
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Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer shocked the technology world on Friday by announcing he would step down within the next year.

Those in front of a stock chart will tell you that Microsoft's stock price has taken a beating in the thirteen years since Ballmer took the reigns from billionaire Bill Gates in 2000.

"There is no way Steve Ballmer would be gone if Bill Gates didn't want that to happen," opined Dan Niles, CIO at AlphaOne Capital Partners, in a CNBC interview. "I don't think [Gates returning as CEO] will happen," Niles added.

What did the social media world have to say? CNBC's social media team curated fifteen epic responses to the news.


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