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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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