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Ballmer: Riskiest product bet by Microsoft is the ‘next release of Windows’

Mary Jo Foley: When you’re in the on-stage interview hot seat, sometimes you may say things you regret. And sometimes you speak the truth.

My ZDNet colleague Larry Dignan covered Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer’s hot-seat appearance this morning at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando. While Dignan keyed in on Ballmer’s pronouncements and avoidances around slates and tablets, I noticed right off Ballmer’s answer to Gartner’s question about risky bets…

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