03/28/2008 02:46 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Steve Ballmer: Catching Google Is Our Goal

Microsoft Corp (MSFT.O) Chief Executive Steve Ballmer pledged on Thursday he will gain share against Google Inc (GOOG.O) in online advertising and Web searching even if it is in his "last breath" at the company.

Speaking at Microsoft's MIX08 online technology conference in Las Vegas, Ballmer reiterated the justifications for the software company's $41.2 billion unsolicited offer for Yahoo Inc (YHOO.O), saying the deal would accelerate its efforts to build a competitor to Google.

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