Microsoft will hold its Financial Analyst Meeting in Bellevue, Wash., this afternoon — giving CEO Steve Ballmer and other top executives a chance to explain their strategy to investors and answer questions from analysts following an unprecedented series of changes at the company.
The meeting starts at 1 p.m. Pacific time. For the first time, the event is closed to the media, but the event is available via webcast on Microsoft’s investor relations site, and GeekWire will be following along closely and reporting on any developments as they unfold.
One area to watch closely will be any changes in Microsoft’s financial reporting structure. Whether or not the announcement is made today, the company is widely expected to change the way it reports its results, to better match the new “One Microsoft” organization unveiled by Ballmer earlier this year. Based on the changes in the organization, the changes in the report structure could make it more difficult to decipher the performance of individual Microsoft products.
Microsoft’s $7.2 billion deal to acquire Nokia’s devices and services business is sure to be a central topic. Also top of mind for investors: Who will replace Ballmer? Microsoft has been careful not to give any clues on this front, but it will no doubt be the subject of questions from analysts during the day.
Apart from Ballmer, speakers will include Kevin Turner, chief operating officer; Amy Hood, chief financial officer; top marketing executive Tami Reller; and engineering group leaders Julie Larson-Green, Qi Lu, Terry Myerson, Satya Nadella, and Kirill Tatarinov.
The full lineup is available here, and check back with GeekWire this afternoon for coverage.