Steve Ballmer archive

  • Microsoft CEO candidate round-up: Who is rumoured on the shortlist and why? (Update)
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    Microsoft CEO candidate round-up: Who is rumoured on the shortlist and why? (Update)

    By 31 January 2014

    Microsoft's  chief executive search has been in full swing since Steve Ballmer announced his retirement in August, and the company has said it hopes to find a replacement by the end of 2013. Naturally, many names have popped up for the rumoured shortlist,...

  • Microsoft's next CEO is reportedly Satya Nadella
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    Microsoft's next CEO is reportedly Satya Nadella

    By 30 January 2014

    Microsoft's next CEO is Satya Nadella, currently the chief of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group, according to Bloomberg. Nadella is being considered a strong choice because of his technical background and familiarity with Microsoft, having been...

  • Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts
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    Microsoft in 2014: Pocket-lint predicts

    By 1 January 2014

    By all counts Microsoft had a huge 2013: it launched the Xbox One, Windows Phone gained ground in the market, the executive level had a "One Microsoft" reorginisation, and Windows 8.1 was released for the Windows 8 naysayers. However, 2014 truly is shaping...

  • Microsoft won't name a new CEO until early 2014
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    Microsoft won't name a new CEO until early 2014

    By 17 December 2013

    Microsoft's John Thompson, the man charged with leading the search for the company's new CEO, says the decision for Steve Ballmer's replacement won't come until early 2014. “We identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen and then...

  • Bill Gates held back tears saying goodbye to Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO
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    Bill Gates held back tears saying goodbye to Steve Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

    By 20 November 2013

    Bill Gates, Microsoft’s chairman, spoke about the significance of Steve Ballmer leaving the company as it searches for a new CEO. While talking he visibly held back tears when discussing the company he started and clearly still loves. “It’s a complex...

  • Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft needs a new leader for faster change
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    Steve Ballmer admits Microsoft needs a new leader for faster change

    By 15 November 2013

    Microsoft's Steve Ballmer shocked the world when he announced earlier this year that he planned to retire, and it left many wondering what exactly happened to prompt this decision. Well, thanks to a candid interview with the chief executive, we now know....

  • Microsoft's next CEO: Ford CEO Alan Mulally in the running?
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    Microsoft's next CEO: Ford CEO Alan Mulally in the running?

    By 27 September 2013

    Steve Ballmer is set to retire from Microsoft in 2014 after 14 years of holding the top spot, so naturally many have wondered who could possibly replace the company's goofy chief executive officer. Well, news has now emerged that points to Alan Mulally,...

  • Microsoft announces CEO Steve Ballmer to retire
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    Microsoft announces CEO Steve Ballmer to retire

    By 23 August 2013

    Microsoft announced on Friday that Steve Ballmer, CEO, is to retire. Confirming the news via a press release, the Redmond-based company stated that Ballmer would continue in his role as CEO until a successor was chosen. "There is never a perfect time...

  • Microsoft hikes Windows 8 prices, now starting at $119
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    Microsoft hikes Windows 8 prices, now starting at $119

    By 18 January 2013

    Microsoft has announced new pricing for Windows 8 beginning 1 February, doing away with its cheap $39.99 upgrade from Windows 7.  Boasting "good momentum with Windows 8", the upgrade edition will now be available for $119 and the Pro upgrade edition...

  • Microsoft: Apple too controlling, Android is wild
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    Microsoft: Apple too controlling, Android is wild

    By 15 November 2012

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has slammed the competition to Windows Phone 8, calling Apple's ecosystem "highly priced" and "highly controlled", while Android's is "wild" and "uncontrolled". Speaking during a "fireside chat" with LinkedIn co-founder Reid...

  • Microsoft: Four million Windows 8 upgrades in just three days
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    Microsoft: Four million Windows 8 upgrades in just three days

    By 31 October 2012

    Microsoft has announced that four million customers paid for a Windows 8 upgrade in the first three days of the new operating system becoming available.  Speaking at the Microsoft BUILD conference, Steve Ballmer, CEO, said that Windows 8 was proving...

  • Microsoft launches Windows 8... with no surprises
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    Microsoft launches Windows 8... with no surprises

    By 25 October 2012

    Microsoft has officially launched the latest version of its PC operating system, Windows 8. At its dedicated event in New York, where Pocket-lint was in attendance, the company lifted the lid on both the desktop and laptop versions of the software and...

  • Microsoft: We are a devices company now
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    Microsoft: We are a devices company now

    By 10 October 2012

    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft's CEO, has outlined in an open letter to the company's shareholders that it sees itself as a devices and services company now rather than just a software provider. "Last year in this letter I said that, over time, the full value...

  • Microsoft to announce Office 15 but what can we expect?
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    Microsoft to announce Office 15 but what can we expect?

    By 16 July 2012

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is set to take to the stage in San Francisco at 8pm (GMT) tonight to announce the company’s next big reveal. While we have it on good authority that we’ll be seeing the new Office 15 productivity suite, what features this...

  • Giant tablets on the horizon after Microsoft buys Perceptive Pixel
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    Giant tablets on the horizon after Microsoft buys Perceptive Pixel

    By 10 July 2012

    Microsoft has confirmed that it is in talks to buy Perceptive Pixel Inc, a touchscreen developer that specialises in large displays. While rumours spread about Apple working on a mini iPad, could Microsoft be about to go the other direction and start...

  • 80-inch Windows 8 tablet already exists - in Microsoft CEO's office
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    80-inch Windows 8 tablet already exists - in Microsoft CEO's office

    By 25 May 2012

    An 80-inch touchscreen Windows 8 tablet already hangs on the wall of Microsoft CEO’s Steve Ballmer - and it could soon be made available to the public. This is according to Frank Shaw, Microsoft vice-president, talking to Nate Lanxon, editor of Wired.co.uk,...

  • Microsoft: Windows 8 will be the rebirth of MS Windows
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    Microsoft: Windows 8 will be the rebirth of MS Windows

    By 23 May 2012

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says there could potentially be 500 million users of the software giant's forthcoming operating system, Windows 8, by the end of 2013 as that's the number of Windows 7 devices that could be upgraded. He has also revealed that...

  • Asus hints at Windows 8 tablet, tells us Ballmer only uses a Zenbook
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    Asus hints at Windows 8 tablet, tells us Ballmer only uses a Zenbook

    By 1 March 2012

    Benson Lin, global head of handheld devices at Asus, has hinted to Pocket-lint that the company is working on a Windows 8 tablet for launch later in the year. "For Microsoft we would be allowed to say that we are very, very, very close and work hard...

  • Ballmer on Nokia: Really looking forward to bunch of new devices next week
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    Ballmer on Nokia: Really looking forward to bunch of new devices next week

    By 19 October 2011

    Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, has said that he is really looking forward to the "bunch of new devices running Windows Phone" about to be announced at Nokia World, suggesting multiple devices from the Finnish company running Windows Phone 7. The comments...

  • Ballmer talks up 'dawning' of Windows tablets, as Windows 7 continues to sell well
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    Ballmer talks up 'dawning' of Windows tablets, as Windows 7 continues to sell well

    By 11 July 2011

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has said that Windows 8, the company’s next version of its operating system, will be the “dawning of Windows slates” at the company’s annual Worldwide Partners Conference. Ballmer took to the stage to talk all things...

  • Microsoft's Ballmer admits Windows Phone 7 sales still small
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    Microsoft's Ballmer admits Windows Phone 7 sales still small

    By 11 July 2011

    Steve Ballmer, the head honcho at Microsoft, has acknowledged that, almost a year after its launch, the Windows Phone 7 market share is still incredibly small compared to that of Android and the iPhone. However, he was still confident that it had been...

  • Ballmer must go, says Microsoft shareholder
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    Ballmer must go, says Microsoft shareholder

    By 26 May 2011

    David Einhorn, the manager in charge of Microsoft shareholder Greenlight Capital hedge fund, has called for Steve Ballmer to step down from his position as CEO of the software giant, claiming that he is responsible for a stand still in stock valuation...

  • Windows 8 coming for slates, tablets, PCs in 2012
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    Windows 8 coming for slates, tablets, PCs in 2012

    By 24 May 2011

    Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is on great form over in Japan at the Microsoft Developers Forum. First up, he got the Windows Phone 7 fanboys all worked up promising 500 new features for the platform, and now he's got the PC world all a flutter by stating...

  • Windows Phone 7.5 to add 500 new features
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    Windows Phone 7.5 to add 500 new features

    By 23 May 2011

    The most famous bald bonce in tech, that belonging to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, took to the stage in Japan at Microsoft's Developer Forum (accompanied by the rest of his body, of course) over the weekend - where he stated that the Windows Phone 7 Mango...

  • Microsoft to Nokia's rescue?
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    Microsoft to Nokia's rescue?

    By 10 February 2011

    The Windows Phone 7 Nokia rumours have been intensified with both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal running reports saying that Microsoft and the Finnish mobile manufacturer have been in talks. The WSJ suggests that an announcement could be made on...