Steve Ballmer's Microsoft misstep

Microsoft's outgoing CEO never got the respect he deserved, while none can doubt his commitment to the software giant it was execution that ultimately let him down.

Few CEOs wielded more power than Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer.

And yet the company's first and foremost salesman never gained the respect he deserved for his role in transforming Bill Gates' tiny start-up in the woods outside Seattle into the world's largest software maker.

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