According to a recent article that ran in Fortune, posted on CNNMoney.com, Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has not purchased iPods for his children, and they\u2019re not allowed to use Google. In response to Fortune\u2019s question of whether Ballmer has an iPod, Redmond\u2019s CEO said, \u201cNo, I do not. Nor do my children\u2014in many dimensions they\u2019re as poorly behaved as many other children, but at least on this dimension I\u2019ve got my kids brainwashed: You don\u2019t use Google, and you don\u2019t use an iPod.\u201dThe article is regarding Microsoft\u2019s recently slouching stock price, and the emerging competition that is causing that drop.When asked whether he thought his company could\u2014or would\u2014release a comparable product to the iPod, Ballmer responded, \u201cThere\u2019s going to be a lot of opportunities to get back in that game. We want to be in that game. Expect to see announcements from us in that area in the next 12 months.\u201dThis article is posted on our Microsoft Informer page. For more news on the Redmond, Wash.-based powerhouse, keep checking in.Check out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.