In Pictures: 10 scenes from Ballmer’s Microsoft

As word spread of Steve Ballmer’s impending retirement, Microsoft shares soared 8% higher.

Microsoft's Bill Gates turned over the CEO reins to Steve Ballmer on Jan. 13, 2000. The company hit its peak market capitalization soon after the CEO transition, striking $642 billion in September 2000. Today Microsoft’s market capitalization, buoyed by a retirement-related stock surge, is at $289 billion.

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