John Murrell

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Ballmer’s Bonus: Half Cash, Half Surplus Kins

Microsoft may have generated record sales in the fiscal year that ended in June, but it was a stretch during which consumer tech interest centered on mobile devices and tablets, and missteps in both those areas cost CEO Steve Ballmer half his maximum bonus. After the ill-fated venture that was the Kin phone and the slow response to Apple’s iPad juggernaut, Ballmer will collect only $670,000 in extra cash, according to an annual company filing. The bonus brought Ballmer’s total pay package to $1.34 million–up about six percent from the previous year.