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On June 17 2012 Ballmer said that he was taking Microsoft on a new quest, this time as a maker of tablets. Tablets have long been a fixation to Microsoft with Bill Gates showing one off and touting their future as early as 2000 at Comdex. Despite a slow start Microsoft is banking on Surface's signature keyboard, Windows 8 and upgraded hardware to make it competitive with iPads and Android tablets.
Steve has kept Microsoft's cash cow, Microsoft Office, on solid ground despite recent competition from Google. Here he is introducing Office 2013 The company also launched Office 365 under his leadership.
In Nov. 2012 Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer left the door open on the potential for Microsoft to make more hardware, possibly a smartphone.