Steve Ballmer’s Oprah moment and other top stories of the month

Ballmer at the Microsoft Surface unveiling earlier this year.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took a page out of Oprah’s playbook at the company’s big company meeting in Seattle on September 13th, announcing that every employee will get free Surface tablets, Windows Phones and work PCs running Windows 8. After seeing hints of the giveaway on Twitter, we were able to dig up details of the internal announcement, and the story was by far the most read story on GeekWire during the month.

Obviously, people like hearing about free stuff and office perks. Heck, within 24 hours, the story had garnered some 12,000 likes on Facebook.

Here’s a look at the top 10 posts for the month of September. Thanks to everyone for tuning in to GeekWire, and we’ll be back in October with fresh news, commentaries and features.

Microsoft employees getting free Surface tablets, new work PCs, Windows Phone 8 (701 Tweets, 107 comments)

Drawings for Amazon’s proposed campus in downtown Seattle

Commentary: Windows Phone’s Canary in the Coal Mine (211 Tweets, 107 comments)

Images: Amazon’s colorful new towers will put a bold stamp on Seattle’s skyline (113 Tweets, 6 comments)

Ballmer: There’s no doubt Windows 8 will be a success (99 Tweets, 12 comments)

How Carly screwed up AT&T’s $39B T-Mobile acquisition (50 Tweets, 27 comments)

Amazon TV ad gives sneak peek at ‘Paperwhite’ Kindle and new Kindle Fire (76 Tweets, 2 comments)

As launch date nears, Solavei collects cash for cell service that pays users for signing up friends (32 Tweets, 89 comments)

5 Questions: How author Maria Semple nailed Microsoft’s culture (42 Tweets, 13 comments)

Apple vs. Amazon: Whose new headquarters is cooler? (87 Tweets, 17 comments)

Maybe Google’s Larry Page needs Microsoft Word, after all (108 Tweets, 41 comments)