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Who's top Microsoft shareholder? Uh oh, it's STEVE BALLMER

When former Microsoft CEO and current board member Steve Ballmer said he was "very interested" in the company's future, he wasn't kidding. As of Wednesday, Ballmer became Redmond's largest individual shareholder, with a stake even greater than that of founder Bill Gates. The switcheroo wasn't because Ballmer acquired new shares …
Neil McAllister, 03 May 2014

Microsoft not good enough for you, eh? 'Next Steve Ballmer' drives to Google

His name was bandied about during the race to replace Steve Ballmer, but it looks like Microsoft missed out on former Ford Motor Company chief Alan Mulally. The man has just announced his intention to join Google's ranks. Mulally has joined the Google board fresh from a premature departure from his job running the world’s fifth- …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Jul 2014
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Steve Ballmer: Thanks to me, Microsoft screwed up a decade in phones

Steve Ballmer's greatest regret from his time at Microsoft is that he flubbed his company's attempts at smartphones and mobile computing. That's what he said on Tuesday during his first public appearance since stepping down as CEO of the software goliath. Speaking before an audience of graduate students, business owners, and the …
Neil McAllister, 04 Mar 2014

BOOGIE BALLMER: Steve Dirty Dances at tearful Microsoft leaving do

A tearful Steve Ballmer bid official farewell to thousands of Microsofties at a stadium bash with a booming sound track. Shy and (literally) retiring CEO Ballmer hosted the software giant's annual staff meeting at Seattle’s KeyArena yesterday, attended by 13,000 employees. This is the last mass gathering for Ballmer and his …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2013

Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is today stepping down from the Windows giant's board of directors – just six months after he was succeeded by incoming chief exec Satya Nadella. Ballmer announced his retirement in August last year, but remained at the helm until Nadella took over in February. Shy-and-retiring Ballmer also …
Chris Williams, 19 Aug 2014
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Shift up, Ballmer: Microsoft expands board, makes room for activist investor

Microsoft has appointed activist investor Mason Morfit to its board after his investment firm ValueAct Capital agitated for a greater say on how the company is run. ValueAct bought a $2bn stake in the software firm last April and immediately started to campaign for change at the company. By August, Microsoft had capitulated, …

Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might not be in the software business anymore, but he has reportedly still found a way to one-up longtime rival Larry Ellison: by outbidding the Oracle tycoon for a major US sports franchise in the form of the LA Clippers. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Ballmer has won a brief …
Neil McAllister, 30 May 2014
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STEVE BALLMER KILLS WINDOWS

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has unveiled plans for a massive restructuring at Redmond. From today, the company’s product groups will be dissolved and resurrected as slimmed-down devices and services teams ready to take on Apple, Amazon, Google and others. Microsoft’s chief executive today announced the death of the mighty five …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Jul 2013

New Microsoft CEO Nadella could earn FOURTEEN TIMES what Ballmer banked in 2013

Newly minted Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's salary nearly doubled on his first day in the corner office, giving him a pay package even larger than that of outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. Nadella will earn an even $1.2m in his first year on the job, according to documents filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday …
Neil McAllister, 05 Feb 2014

CSC boss post-NHS IT flop, Ford CEO 'pitched' as the next Steve Ballmer

Three top Microsoft shareholders have apparently recommended the CEOs of car-maker Ford and IT giant CSC as possible replacements for chief exec Steve Ballmer - because both bosses are in the middle of trying to turn around their companies' fortunes. It's claimed the three investors want the Microsoft board to consider Ford …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Sep 2013
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Microsoft investors advised: Sack the guy searching for Ballmer replacement

Proxy advisory firm Glass Lewis has told Microsoft shareholders to vote against the re-election of independent director John Thompson, who is leading the search for a new chief exec. In a research note seen by Reuters, the firm said that Thompson potentially had a conflict of interest because he's the CEO of Virtual Instruments …
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Ballmer intends to remain on Microsoft board after end of CEO gig

Steve Ballmer may be stepping down as CEO of Microsoft, but he's not planning to let go of the reins in Redmond completely, if a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission is any indication. In Microsoft's 2013 proxy statement, filed with the SEC on Thursday, the company's board of directors gave its …
Neil McAllister, 04 Oct 2013

BALLMER TO RETIRE FROM MICROSOFT

Steve Ballmer is leaving identity crisis-hit Microsoft. The software maker's chief announced his intention to retire from MS within the next year. He said: "There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time." Whomever the new boss of Microsoft will be, he or she has a big job ahead of them in …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
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BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

Steve Ballmer has just seen his personal wealth surge by a cool $1bn after announcing his retirement from Microsoft - which immediately caused the company's stock to soar close to a 12-month high on Wall Street. The software vendor, which trades on Nasdaq under the MSFT banner, saw its shares initially surge by close to 9 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

Ballmer: 'We made more money than almost anybody on the PLANET'

Outgoing Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer may have egg on his face when it comes to missteps like Windows Vista, but he has no regrets about what he saw as his real job at Redmond: pulling in profits. "How do you make money? How do you make money? How do you make money?" Ballmer bellowed in a new interview with Mary Jo Foley for …
Neil McAllister, 11 Dec 2013

Ballmer: Microsoft stronger without Bing and Xbox tinkering

Steve Ballmer has spoken to shareholders of his vision of a diversified Microsoft which includes both Bing and Xbox, with the backing of the tearful Bill Gates. Ballmer said Tuesday that under the re-org that he announced this summer, Microsoft won’t be limited to a single set of activities, rather it would span “a family of …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2013

Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

The Microsoft re-organisation unveiled by chief executive Steve Ballmer yesterday is the biggest - and riskiest - in his company's history. Not since Microsoft shifted from a PC software company to a PC-and-server-software-and-internet company have the top brass shifted the reporting lines so thoroughly. Back then, the change …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jul 2013

Bill Gates to pull a Steve Jobs and SAVE MICROSOFT – report

Microsoft founder Bill Gates may be planning a return to a more hands-on role at the company, according to the latest rumors from the software giant's ongoing search for a new chief executive. Last week, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and others reported that veteran Microsoft exec Satya Nadella had emerged as the …
Neil McAllister, 03 Feb 2014
Steve Ballmer as Doctor Evil

'I'm BIG, I'm BALD and I'm LOUD!' Blubbering Ballmer admits HE was Microsoft's problem

A tearful Steve Ballmer has admitted he was a big part of the problem at Microsoft – and that the company needs to rethink its management structure to succeed in the future. "At the end of the day, we need to break a pattern. Face it: I'm a pattern," company CEO Ballmer told The Wall Street Journal with apparent tears in his …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2013

Poor miserable Ballmer's pay SLASHED to a measly $1.26m

Failings on Windows 8 and a crippling Surface writedown have seen Steve Ballmer’s pay docked for a second year in succession. Microsoft’s outgoing chief executive received a total package of $1.26m – a base salary or $697,500 and a bonus of $500,000, according to Microsoft’s 2013 proxy statement. Ballmer’s bonus was just 79 per …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Oct 2013
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No more Service Packs for Microsoft Office? HA! Think again, Ballmer!

Despite outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer's much-ballyhooed push toward a "rapid release" publishing schedule, Microsoft now says it will ship a Service Pack for Office 2013 in early 2014. Microsoft marketing manager Chris Schneider alerted customers to the impending update on Wednesday, saying it would include feature updates and …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
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Microsoft Office on iPad: U can't touch this (yet) says Ballmer

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says Office for the iPad is coming, but not before a fully touch-enabled version of the suite arrives for Windows. "iPad will be picked up when there's a touch first user interface," Ballmer told the audience at the Gartner Symposium ITXpo in Orlando, Florida, on Tuesday. "That's in progress for …
Neil McAllister, 08 Oct 2013

Ballmer now flings out work rivals, rather than chairs, claims ex-Microsoftie

An ex-Microsoft chap has accused potty-mouthed CEO Steve Ballmer of throwing any possible pretenders to his chieftainship out of the company. At least it's no longer chairs being tossed around. Joachim Kempin, who left the Windows giant under a cloud in 2002, has written a tell-all book about his time at Redmond that is less …
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Logicalis CEO serves notice. Ring, ring: Hi, Mr Ballmer? A minute of your...CLICK

Headhunters are scouring the industry for a successor to Logicalis CEO Ian Cook, who it emerged today is standing down at the end of February. Cook rocked up at the IBM and Cisco integrator as CEO of European operations in 2003 and three years later was handed the top operational job. He will become Logicalis chairman from the …
Paul Kunert, 02 Sep 2013

Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

Now for that question everybody's asking: who will be the new Microsoft chief exec once Steve Ballmer slips into retirement by next year? The software giant's co-founder and chairman Bill Gates, fellow company board member John Thompson and executive recruitment agency Heidrick & Struggles are tasked with cracking that puzzler …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2013

Windows boss Steve Sinofsky exits Microsoft

Steven Sinofsky, who since 2009 has served as president of Microsoft's Windows and Windows Live divisions, has left the company less than a month after launching what Steve Ballmer called the most important operating system in Redmond's history. "It is impossible to count the blessings I have received over my years at Microsoft …
Neil McAllister, 13 Nov 2012

Ballmer has plans for more Microsoft own-brand hardware

Steve Ballmer has re-iterated Microsoft’s commitment to making more hardware. Promoting Windows 8 ahead of today's launch in New York, Microsoft’s chief executive has repeated the undertaking he gave shareholders in October. Asked the obvious by enquiring technology minds at the BBC – whether his software giant would make more …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Oct 2012

Ballmer plays down sales impact of Surface

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has downplayed the impact of Redmond's "iPad-killer" – aka the Surface tablet – as he wrapped a comforting arm around PC OEMS that may feel a little unnerved by the move. The covers were lifted off the shiny slate weeks ago, but it was dismissed by several hardware vendors, including long-time partner …
Paul Kunert, 10 Jul 2012

Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

Microsoft chief exec Steve Ballmer has gone sooner than anyone, even he himself, had expected. On Friday he announced he will give up the reins following a 12-month transition. A one-year exit is proper given Ballmer’s position: the CEO of a major listed company. What’s strange, however, is the timing - that Ballmer should be …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2013

Apple CEO Tim Cook v Microsoft's Ballmer: Seconds out, round two!

As The Reg reported on Thursday, Microsoft communications chieftain Frank Shaw went off on Apple in a near-thousand word blog post defending his company's beleaguered Surface and Surface 2. His fit of pique, while possibly a bit over-the-top, can be forgiven, considering that Apple CEO Tim Cook was unusually pugnacious during …
Rik Myslewski, 25 Oct 2013

Do YOU work at Microsoft? Um. Are you SURE about that?

What is being described as the "biggest round of job cuts" to hit Microsoft for five years is on its way, or so we've been told. The software mammoth “could” unveil staff cuts that were alluded to by chief executive Satya Nadella in his flabby PR-authored communication last week. The cuts are reported to be the biggest in five …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Jul 2014

Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers

Steve Ballmer's back in the numbers game, this time predicting sales of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 kit to draw in application developers. Ballmer is reported to have claimed at the event that "close" to 400 million Windows phones and tablets will be running Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. He didn't say when, though. …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2012

Ballmer comes not to praise Sinofsky but to bury him

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's staff memo following Steven Sinofsky's departure isn't exactly awash with praise for a man once tipped for the software giant's throne. The world of Microsoft was turned upside down by Windows 8 chief Sinofsky's sudden exit just three weeks after the launch of the new operating system. Rather than …

Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

Those who upgraded to Windows 8 aren't the only ones unhappy with the new touch-driven operating system - Wall Street is too. Just don't expect any of the criticism hurled at Steve "Teflon" Ballmer, Microsoft's shy and retiring boss, to stick. The chief executive is under fire from money men who responded to tech reporters …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2013
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Umbrella-wielding Steve Ballmer gets cloudy with Office 365

Prepackaged software giant Microsoft uncorked its latest online business productivity service, dubbed Office 365, today. It's essentially a re-branding exercise by Redmond, which has replaced the firm's clunkily-named Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) of apps with a cloud-based offering for biz customers. But the song …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2011
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Microsoft investors' love for Ballmer wanes

Under-fire Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer got the backing of shareholders in the annual board election but his popularity has waned slightly. Redmond's bald eagle, who just this week batted away investors that are keen to see the software giant break up and spin off certain divisions, was yesterday re-elected to the top table by 92 …
Paul Kunert, 18 Nov 2011
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It's Satya! Microsoft VP Nadella named CEO as Bill Gates steps down

Microsoft’s new CEO is the executive running its $20bn server, tools and cloud computing businesses: Satya Nadella. Forty-six-year-old Nadella will, as earlier reports had suggested, assume the role immediately, Microsoft said on Tuesday. Also, as reported, Bill Gates is stepping down as Microsoft chairman. Gates will stay on …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Feb 2014
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Ballmer says 500 MILLION 'users' to 'have' Windows 8 in 2013

Microsoft's given its first indication of how many devices it expects to ship running Windows 8 next year. Chief executive Steve Ballmer is reported to have said 500 million "users" would "have" Windows 8 next year - he was speaking at the Seoul Digital Forum, in South Korea. There were no more specifics, and there was no …
Gavin Clarke, 22 May 2012

Forgetting Microsoft: How Steve Ballmer's Surface could win

In a Windows world we bought the product. In Google's world we are the product. Judging from market share trends, we apparently don't mind being bought and sold. At least, so long as the price is right. Yes, Apple gets all the news (and profits), but it's Google Android that is set to displace Microsoft Windows by 2016, …
Matt Asay, 30 Oct 2012
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Ballmer shoots down Microsoft breakup advice

Steve Ballmer has scotched suggestions from investors at Microsoft's annual shareholders meeting that his company should spin off some of its divisions Ballmer and Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates faced a fractious audience, with many stockholders expressing their displeasure at the company’s poor stock price and returns. One …
Iain Thomson, 15 Nov 2011

Microsoft to execs: Please don't leave us. Here, have some shares

Microsoft will grease the palms of its most senior people with a lavish smattering of shares in a bid to prevent them following chief exec Steve Ballmer out the door. Ballmer finally handed in his notice at Microsoft in late August as the company flies low on the back of its disastrous Surface slab push and a rehashed re- …
Paul Kunert, 26 Sep 2013

Ballmer's lightened pay packet is the least of his problems

Citing "slower than planned progress" at Microsoft's online services division and a 3 per cent decline in Windows revenue, Microsoft's board cut chief executive Steve Ballmer's pay to 91 per cent of his plan, or $1.3m. But that's the least of his concerns. Microsoft is about to embark on the biggest shift in its Windows …
Matt Asay, 11 Oct 2012
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Microsoft shareholder calls for Ballmer's head

Microsoft, in an extraordinary move earlier this week, described its CEO's comments about Windows 8 as a "misstatement". Despite that, Steve Ballmer's statement remains available on Microsoft's website, and his words are well-and-truly out there and can hardly be put back in a box and forgotten about. Now, according to a report …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 May 2011

Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer. "We've got a commitment to see that the next CEO is the right person, for the right time, for the company we both love," said Gates, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013

Microsoft haters: You gotta lop off a lot of legs to slay Ballmer's monster

Contrary to increasingly popular belief, Microsoft is not a “dead” company, nor at immediate risk of collapse. I do, however, believe that Microsoft’s “Windows on the endpoint” monopoly days have passed, that Microsoft’s senior management are aware of this and are actively taking steps to compensate. Similarly, I believe that …
Trevor Pott, 29 Jul 2013

Microsoft cedes board seat to activist investor

Just a week after Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer announced plans for his retirement Redmond has offered activist shareholder ValueAct Capital a seat on the Microsoft board. Redmond announced the "cooperation agreement" in the late hours of Friday afternoon in San Francisco before the Labor Day three day weekend, which is an ideal …
Jack Clark, 31 Aug 2013
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Ford says Microsoft CEO target Mulally not going anywhere

The Chairman of the Ford Motor Company said that CEO Alan Mulally will not be leaving the company to take over the same position at Microsoft. Speaking in an interview with Bloomberg TV, Ford director Edsel Ford II said that Mulally would remain with the company through next year rather than take over the CEO chair in Redmond …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2013
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Microsoft CEO shortlist down to EIGHT ... appropriately enough, perhaps

Microsoft's search committee has reportedly drawn up a shortlist of eight candidates to replace Steve Ballmer. Reuters reports the list includes three internal candidates: prodigal returner Stephen Elop, former Skype leader Tony Bates and cloud and enterprise supremo Satya Nadella. The one outsider Reuters mentions as having …
Simon Sharwood, 06 Nov 2013
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Nadella: Apps must run on ALL WINDOWS – PCs, slabs and mobes

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella talked up the big changes he has in store for the company during a conference call with financial analysts on Tuesday. And among his plans were "universal" apps that can run on any Windows platform. There was little talk of layoffs, beyond what Nadella and new Microsoft phones boss Stephen Elop …
Neil McAllister, 23 Jul 2014

Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

The first tablet-optimized versions of Microsoft Office could debut on the iPad, if a recent report holds true. Veteran Microsoft correspondent Mary Jo Foley cites company sources when reporting that the first Windows 8 tablet build of Office, dubbed "Gemini", is now on pace to arrive on the market after the company releases …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Feb 2014

Opinion

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Felipe Costa

Pressure to perform for stock market bearing down on disties
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Michael Cote

Anything that simple to use has got to be complex to set up
Internet of Things

Gavin Clarke

This time, Larry's Oracle is going after the networking giants

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