Ballmer on $2B Clippers purchase: ‘It’s not the craziest thing I’ve ever acquired’

Compared to past NBA deals, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s $2 billion purchase of the Los Angeles Clippers franchise — which became official today — is not only record-breaking, but also quite excessive. The previous NBA team to be sold was the Milwaukee Bucks, which went for $550 million in April. But Ballmer defended the price tag… Read More


Make no mistake: Nokia is Microsoft’s biggest deal ever

Yes, in raw numbers, Microsoft is paying less for Nokia’s Devices & Services business than it did for Skype — forking over $7.2 billion for the smartphone maker, compared with $8.5 billion for the video communications company. But by almost every other measure, the Nokia deal is the biggest in Microsoft’s history. The company will… Read More

Steve Ballmer at the Microsoft CEO Summit 2013. (Microsoft Photo).

Report: ValueAct talks with Microsoft about board seat, questions lack of CEO succession planning

Activist investment firm ValueAct Capital has held talks with members of Microsoft’s board about its desire to pursue a board seat, pressing the company over issues including the apparent lack of a succession plan for Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, according to a report by Reuters this afternoon, citing two anonymous sources. Reuters reports that the… Read More


Ballmer’s big bet will reshape Microsoft — with lots of risk

How can a company of more than 90,000 employees become more nimble and competitive? Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer laid out the plan today — blowing up the company’s individual divisions and replacing them with broad-based engineering groups and centralized business functions in a bid to make Microsoft more cohesive. It’s one of the biggest organizational… Read More


Hello, Michigan: Ballmer going home to open Microsoft Store

When Microsoft opens retail stores in markets around the country, it often brings out celebs and execs with connections to the local community to participate. Which means that a special guest is in store for residents of Troy, Michigan, when a new Microsoft Store opens this week. No, we’re not talking about Kelly Clarkson, the… Read More


Microsoft’s Ballmer on board for ‘startling’ Oracle cloud database partnership

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wasn’t able to contain himself on the company’s earnings conference call Thursday afternoon. First he said that the company will announce partnerships with “the largest and most important SaaS companies and infrastructure companies in the cloud” involving Oracle’s new 12c database technology. Then he just went ahead and announced their names,… Read More


Video: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer crashes CES keynote

For the first time in many years, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer didn’t deliver the preshow keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last night — but that didn’t stop him from making a appearance. Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, who took Ballmer’s place in the traditional slot, was about 15 minutes into the… Read More

Steven Sinofsky

Poll: Is Windows chief’s exit good or bad for Microsoft?

Microsoft Windows president Steven Sinofsky’s surprise departure from the company yesterday is generating all sorts of speculation, including a theory that he left after making an unsuccessful case to be designated Steve Ballmer’s successor as Microsoft’s chief executive. Sinofsky is a polarizing figure, with fans and critics, and the reaction to his departure is having… Read More

Steve Ballmer was on the hot seat in 2011

Ballmer: Microsoft profits climb, despite still losing ‘a few billion’ on Bing

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s positive comments about the company’s financial outlook during  his Seattle Rotary Club appearance yesterday appear to be causing a minor stir in the stock market today, lifting Microsoft shares by about 1 percent. The Redmond company’s fiscal year ends today, so it’s easy to see why the numbers were on Ballmer’s… Read More