Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer has seen shareholder support slip, despite the firm posting record profits for the financial year, as major investors continue to show concern over the company's direction.
Although 92 per cent of shareholders voted to re-elect Ballmer, this was down on a 95 per cent backing at the same event last year, as the struggling Windows Phone 7 platform and slow Windows growth concern investors.
By comparison, the rest of Microsoft's directors, including founder Bill Gates, received 99 per cent support from shareholders, underlining that the dissatisfaction at Microsoft's performance lies squarely with Ballmer.
Ballmer also missed out on his full bonus entitlement for the second year running in October owing to Microsoft's poor performance in the mobile computing market.
Ballmer also had to field questions during the firm's shareholder meeting on Tuesday about whether Microsoft is now operating in a "post-PC world", which he dismissed by claiming that the future is still based around Windows.
"We are in the Windows era. We were, we are, and we always will be. We've got broad Windows initiatives driving Windows down to the phone," he said.
"With Windows 8, you'll see new form factors powered by Windows from tablets, small, large, pens, smaller, bigger, room-sized displays. We are in an era in which the range of smart devices is continuing to expand."
The Windows and Windows Live division achieved revenue of $4.87bn, representing just a two per cent increase over the prior period.
This still helped Microsoft to record revenues for the latest financial quarter of 2011 of $17.37bn, a seven per cent year-on-year increase.
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