Steven A. Ballmer, Microsoft's chief executive, walked away from a Yahoo deal on May 3 still looking for an answer to his company's fundamental problem, reports the New York Times: Its time-tested recipe for success isn't working against Google, the leader in the current wave of internet computing. With a bid for Yahoo, Microsoft was trying to buy its way out of the problem. It was a controversial step and a gamble, but at least it was a big move. Now, there is no clear prospect of a quick fix for Microsoft, as the center of gravity in computing continues

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