Steve Ballmer's Microsoft makeover

After nearly 13 years at the helm of the world's largest software maker, Steve Ballmer's new-found focus is all about fostering co-operation between its self-sufficient - and sometimes warring - units.

The sudden departure of powerful Windows boss Steven Sinofsky this week is the first step in a plan by CEO Steve Ballmer to remodel Microsoft Corp as a much more integrated operation in an attempt to take on Apple Inc and Google Inc at their own game.

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