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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Farewell, stack rank: Why this change is so big for Microsoft

[Editor's Note: Christopher Budd worked at Microsoft for more than 10 years, specializing in security response and communications.] Yesterday every current and former Microsoft employee felt the earth shift. Microsoft announced that the “stack rank” system for reviews — in which employees are rated and rewarded on a fixed curve — would be retired and… Read More

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Microsoft taps veteran exec Eric Rudder for secretive ‘cross-company initiatives’

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today announced a new role for Eric Rudder, a longtime Microsoft executive who will now be “accountable for certain key, cross company technology initiatives,” according to a memo from Ballmer to Microsoft employees today. Rudder, who previously oversaw Microsoft Research and Trustworthy Computing as the leader of the company’s Advanced Strategy &… Read More

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Meet the new Microsoft: New reporting segments debut with quarterly earnings today

Microsoft’s largest division isn’t Windows or Office anymore. It’s “Commercial Licensing” — with more than $39 billion in revenue last fiscal year, representing more than half of the company’s overall business. That’s one example of the mental adjustment that investors, analysts and Microsoft watchers will need to make as the company debuts its new financial… Read More