The many funny faces of Steve Ballmer (photos) Summary: In Steve Ballmer's 13 years as CEO of Microsoft, we've seen that he's not afraid to attract attention - and he's not afraid to clown around. By Andy Smith | August 23, 2013 -- 18:18 GMT (11:18 PDT) SHARE: SUBSCRIBE TO: Steve Ballmer: The Exit Interview TOPICS: Steve Ballmer: The Exit Interview, Microsoft 22 By Andy Smith | August 23, 2013 -- 18:18 GMT (11:18 PDT) Previous | Next Image 12 of 27 At CES 2010, Ballmer shows off what turned out to be the ill-fated HP Slate tablet [video]. One of Microsoft's biggest holes is the company's inability to partner a Windows tablet that can compete against Apple's iPad. In 2007 Ballmer called out Red Hat, specifically, for allegedly infringing on Microsoft IP. Ballmer made headlines and many enemies in 2001 when he described Linux as a cancer. But by 2006 he even made deals with Novell. Topics: Steve Ballmer: The Exit Interview, Microsoft Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.