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Microsoft: the contenders to replace Steve Ballmer


Running Microsoft is not for the fainthearted: its software is essential to millions of companies around the world, and more than 1 billion people use PCs with its Windows software. The new chief executive will have to fit into a unique corporation.



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Apple hints at strong watch sales after shares sink

Apple beat analysts’ expectations for its second quarter on Tuesday but its shares dived in after-hours stock trading, as investors seemed disappointed by the results and a lack of fireworks over Apple Watch sales figures, which the company was not expected to break out (and didn’t).