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In Nov. 2012 Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer left the door open on the potential for Microsoft to make more hardware, possibly a smartphone.
Steve Ballmer's keynote at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show was more notable for what he didn't say.
On May 26, 2011, Ballmer travelled to China to gain support in his ongoing battle against software piracy. Ballmer said that China brings in less revenue than the Netherlands due to piracy.