CEO Ballmer leads Microsoft shareholders meeting



BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer predicted growing market share, revenue and profit for the company’s products and services at the annual shareholders meeting Tuesday in Bellevue.

He highlighted opportunities in computing cloud services, the Windows phone platform, Bing search engine and Xbox video games.

Ballmer says the next version of the Windows operating system, Windows 8, will run on a range of devices, including tablets.

Shareholders elected nine directors, including Ballmer and Chairman Bill Gates, who attended the hour-long meeting at the Meydenbauer Center. Each received more than 92 percent of the votes.

The Redmond software company says shareholders rejected a proposal to create a committee on environmental sustainability. It received less than 4 percent of the votes.