CNET Update: Microsoft gets a reboot as CEO retires
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CNET Update: Microsoft gets a reboot as CEO retires

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within 12 months, Pandora ends the 40-hour mobile limit, and Frontback photos tell two sides of the story.

-Microsoft is getting a reboot. I'm Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. The hunt for a new head of Microsoft has begun. Steve Ballmer announced he will retire as Microsoft's CEO as soon as the board of directors finds a replacement for him within the next twelve months. Bill Gates is not coming back, but as chairman of the board of Microsoft, he will certainly have a hand in picking a replacement. Ballmer has led Microsoft for the past 13 years. There have been many hit products like Windows XP, Xbox 360, the Kinect, and Windows 7. He also ushered in the era of the Microsoft retail store. But Microsoft has had its problems. Windows was late to the game in the smartphone race, and there have been mixed reactions to Windows 8 and its dramatically different interface. The surface tablet has seen poor sales, and-- oh, yeah. There's this guy. Poor little Zune. But it's worth noting that Ballmer isn't the only executive to leave recently. The head of Xbox, Don Mattrick, he jumped to Zynga after the Xbox One was announced. And the former head of Windows, Steven Sinofsky, he left right after Windows 8 was launched. Ballmer wrote in a memo that now is the right time for a transition. But he was working on reshaping the company to put more refocus on hardware as well as software. It will be interesting to see if his replacement continues that mission. But no matter who gets the gig, I don't think we'll have another CEO who will be as eccentric as Ballmer. You may recall moments like this-- -I am the PC, and I am this company. Developers, developers, developers, developers, developers. [unk]. -Also getting buzz is Pandora. The music streaming app is lifting its 40-hour monthly listening limit for mobile users. And for those of you that like to listen to music when you go to sleep, the apps have a new sleep-timer feature, so it turns off after a set time. Google wants to be your dictionary. If you're looking for the meaning of a word, first type in the word define, then the word you're looking for. And Google replies with the meaning, origin, and translations. And there's a new app worth checking out. It's called Frontback, as in take a photo with the front camera, and then the back camera. That's it. Yeah. It's simple, it's silly. But like Vine, it's inspiring people to think differently when telling a story-- this time, with two pictures instead of one. That's your tech news update. For more details, head to CNET.com/update, and follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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