If Steve Ballmer seems a little less frantic and energetic lately, there’s a good reason for it: Microsoft (MSFT) missteps have cost him a healthy chunk of his bonus. According to Reuters, Microsoft’s CEO saw his bonus cut by 9% year-over-year “for flat sales of Windows and his failure to ensure that the company provided a choice of browser to some European customers.” While no one should weep for Ballmer over losing money, this year’s bonus cut is significant because it’s the third consecutive year that he has failed to reach his maximum bonus, Reuters notes.
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FILE - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer gives his presentation at the launch of Microsoft Windows 8, in New York, in this Oct. 25, 2012 file photo. Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales. The tune up announced Tuesday May 7, 2013 won't be released to consumers and businesses until later this year. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
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