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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed plans to visit Sydney later this year, speaking at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia on innovation and the digital Economy.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has revealed plans to visit Sydney later this year, speaking at the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on innovation and the digital economy.

Steve Ballmer
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Ballmer will be speaking at the Four Seasons hotel in George Street, Sydney on 7 November. To hear his speech, CEDA members will need to pay $143 per head, while non-members will be looking at $199.10 a head.

According to CEDA, Ballmer plans to discuss Microsoft's innovation agenda, and how companies can turn ideas into profitable products and services. He will look into the future, casting a light onto what he calls the "fifth computing revolution" and how the world might look in 2015.

Ballmer joined Microsoft in 1980, being the first business manager hired by Gates. Named CEO in 2000, he still had to share the limelight with Bill Gates until the software mogul finally relinquished his full-time role earlier this year, after which Ballmer gained the reins for the world's most famous software company.

A spokesperson for Microsoft in Australia didn't have many details around the executive's trip as yet, but said that at this stage it looked like he would stay for two days.