Ballmer: Microsoft Is 'Like a Startup' in Search

Steve Ballmer never got around to finishing his graduate work at Stanford's business school, leaving after a year to join his pal Bill Gates at then-startup Microsoft.

That was 29 years ago, and you'd have to say things turned all right for him.

On Wednesday, the billionaire CEO of Microsoft revisited the campus as an invited guest of the university's Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders seminar series. Some tech gossip sites had speculated that Ballmer arrived earlier in the week to pursue talks with Yahoo about a search partnership deal.

But Ballmer was quick to put such talk to rest, saying he was here for the speech and to meet with some interns at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

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