Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sued for $3M in strange case involving NBA bid, former Sonics employee’s debts

From honing his golf game to offering up advice to young students, it seems as though Steve Ballmer has enjoyed life post-Microsoft. But now the former CEO finds himself being sued for $3 million in a messy lawsuit related to the NBA. The Seattle Times has the details of the suit, which accuses Ballmer of promising to pay… Read More


Steve Ballmer wouldn’t move NBA’s Clippers to Seattle, says Microsoft is ‘still like a child to me’

Sorry, Seattle basketball fans: Even if Steve Ballmer were to own the Los Angeles Clippers, he wouldn’t move the team north. In light of the recent Donald Sterling fiasco, the NBA is hoping to find new owners for the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer’s name has come up as a potential buyer, especially since he nearly bought the… Read More


Ballmer calls Microsoft and Apple ‘two-trick ponies’ in first speech since leaving CEO role

Speaking to students at The Oxford Union, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer offered his thoughts on the importance of passion, Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Microsoft’s future. “I’m nervous,” he said at the beginning of his talk. “This is the first speech I’ll give — and maybe the last, too, if it doesn’t go well — as… Read More


Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to speak at University of Washington graduation

Graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates, graduates. OK — maybe that’s not exactly what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is going to say at Husky Stadium on June 14, paying homage to his epic “developers” chant on stage at a conference in 2000. But University of Washington graduates can certainly expect high energy and some sound advice from Ballmer,… Read More


The real reason Ballmer left: Board battles, tension with Gates and differences over hardware strategy

When Steve Ballmer announced his intentions to resign as CEO of Microsoft last August, the hard-charging tech executive noted in a press release that it was simply time to move on. The decision was surprising, in part because Ballmer had previously expressed a desire to stick with the company until his kids graduated from high-school… Read More

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Here’s how much Microsoft is paying its new CEO

Microsoft’s new CEO, Satya Nadella, will receive between $14.4 million and $18 million in annual compensation — comprising a base salary of $1.2 million, a stock award of $13.2 million and a potential cash award as high as $3.6 million, which will depend on the Microsoft board’s assessment of his performance. The company laid out… Read More

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Microsoft names Satya Nadella CEO; Bill Gates stepping down as chairman to serve as tech adviser

Microsoft has named longtime executive Satya Nadella as its new CEO — picking a respected internal candidate to lead the aging technology giant through a period of unprecedented change and challenges to its business. The company also said that Bill Gates will step down as Microsoft chairman to serve as a technology adviser, “supporting Nadella… Read More


Comic: How the Seahawks could help Microsoft

It’s a big day for the city of Seattle, with the Seahawks trouncing the Denver Broncos, 43-8, to claim their first Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XLVIII. (Yes, I called it.) And it’s shaping up be a big week for Microsoft, with the announcement of the company’s next CEO reported to be imminent. So what if… Read More


Who is Satya Nadella? Getting to know Microsoft’s nerdy, charismatic heir apparent

This just in: Microsoft employees outside the Redmond Azteca think Satya Nadella would be a pretty good CEO, probably. Yes, six months after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced his retirement, we might finally have a winner. Bloomberg reported Thursday that Microsoft’s board is preparing to name Nadella, the company’s cloud and enterprise chief, as its next CEO —… Read More


Microsoft’s 2014 will be defined by a new CEO … if Ballmer and Gates can let go

One of the best moments in the Fremont Players’ production of “Dick Whittington and His Cat” — a British Panto on stage in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood — comes when one of the characters, Fairy Bowbelles, tries to download her spells and charms from “the cloud,” without any luck. She never should have updated to Windows 8, she… Read More


The year in quotes: From Ballmer to Bezos to Bitcoin

Wow, what a year! From Amazon drones to Steve Ballmer’s retirement to spectacularly performing IPOs, the tech industry took some wild twists and turns in 2013. Here’s our look back at the action, with some of our favorite quotes of the year. What are your favorite (or least favorite) moments of the year? December  “I… Read More


Here they are: GeekWire’s 2013 Newsmakers of the Year

It has been a giant year for news at many of the Seattle region’s technology companies — with successful IPOs, historic transitions, surprising technology plans and comeback stories keeping the GeekWire news team busy throughout the year. And with that as the backdrop, we are pleased to present an annual tradition, the unveiling of the… Read More


Bill Gates explains what Microsoft needs in a new CEO

So much has been reported about Microsoft’s CEO search via anonymous sources in recent weeks and months. So how about hearing from one of the people actually involved in the process? Microsoft chairman Bill Gates opened Microsoft’s annual shareholders meeting in Bellevue, Wash., this morning by talking about the opportunities ahead for Microsoft — saying… Read More