RPT-NEWSMAKER-Ballmer becomes lone voice at Microsoft's helm

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(Repeats story that ran on Sunday) By Daisuke Wakabayashi SEATTLE, June 29 (Reuters) - Steve Ballmer has been CEO at Microsoft Corp for eight years, but he will finally get to move into the corner office vacated by Bill Gates, the college friend who brought him to the company nearly three decades ago. The pressure of leading the world's largest software maker will only escalate in the wake of a bungled attempt to acquire Yahoo Inc , a move that forced the Web pioneer into the waiting ...

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