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More Steverino: Ballmer Unplugged!

Can’t be in a multibillion negotiation with Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer?

Well, you can see him in action–and in fine form–in this video of the interview he did at D5 this year with Walt Mossberg.

Here, Ballmer talks about a variety of things, such as how to foster innovation at a big company, Windows Vista, immigration, the brownness of the Zune, even as Walt forces him to say the word “Google.”

He also shows off Microsoft’s Surface table, which debuted at the conference. (Also check out the very funny Surface spoof below the Ballmer chat.)

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Apple and Samsung tower over the fortunes for software-only Microsoft or service-oriented Google and Amazon. Although all companies are growing, the value, as defined by the buyer, resides in the whole product.

— Horace Dediu, writing about hardware and the “value chain evolution” in the tech industry