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June 27, 2008 8:30 AM

Gates send-off: Employees won lottery to see Gates go

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Outside of Microsoft's corporate conference center, employees are lined up to see their leader say goodbye. Only 832 will be inside to watch the send-off conversation between Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. Thousands of employees entered a lottery for tickets to be here.

The music is playing. The iconic images are flashing up on a screen. Ballmer is milling about, greeting employees and top company execs.

Here's our coverage of Gates' transition to full-time work at the Foundation, which will continue over the weekend.

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