In Pictures: 10 scenes from Ballmer’s Microsoft

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

At $77 billion, Microsoft’s cash pile is enormous. It’s been growing steadily since the end of 2008, when it totaled $20 billion. Even after spending $20 billion of its cash on stock buybacks during the last three fiscal years, Microsoft has enough cash on hand to be ranked second in FactSet Research Systems’ list of the top 10 non-finance companies with the most cash and short-term investments.

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