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Juniper boss exits after board probes his 'leadership and conduct'

Juniper Networks CEO Shaygan Kheradpir has walked the plank and its R&D boss Rami Rahim has been elevated to take his place. In a carefully-worded statement, the company says merely that the board reviewed Kheradpir's “leadership and his conduct in connection with a particular negotiation with a customer”. “The board and …

Juniper Networks hires engineering expert as new CEO

Juniper Networks has hired a replacement for its CEO Kevin Johnson, who confirmed his plan to retire from the company in July this year. The job has been handed to Shaygan Kheradpir, who has been poached from financial services provider Barclays PLC, where he worked as chief operations and technology officer. Kheradpir …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Nov 2013
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Juniper ELIMINATES 300 jobs, braces wallet for US gov shutdown blow

Jittery Juniper Networks is axing hundreds of workers amid concerns the US government shutdown could hamper its stateside federal business. The cuts were confirmed during a conference call with analysts last night to discuss the firm's third-quarter results. Juniper also revealed sales had risen to $1.185bn, up three per cent …
Paul Kunert, 23 Oct 2013

Hey, Bill Gates! We've found 14 IT HOTSHOTS to be the next Steve Ballmer

Analysis Now for that question everybody's asking: who will be the new Microsoft chief exec once Steve Ballmer slips into retirement by next year? The software giant's co-founder and chairman Bill Gates, fellow company board member John Thompson and executive recruitment agency Heidrick & Struggles are tasked with cracking that puzzler …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Aug 2013

Juniper Networks CEO throws in towel as firm swims in cash

It is always best to bow out at the top, but Juniper Networks' CEO has decided to stand down well before the company is close to peaking. At least, that's what investors will be hoping. Kevin Johnson revealed last night that the network gear firm has created a Search Committee of independent directors to locate and appoint his …
Paul Kunert, 24 Jul 2013
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Juniper pushes up sales and profits in Q1

The top brass at Juniper Networks are breathing a little bit easier as the company turned in numbers that show it is growing despite taking a big hit in sales of gear, software, and services to the US government in the first quarter. In the quarter ended in March, Juniper nudged up revenues by 2.6 per cent to $1.03bn, and net …

Juniper to build its own software-defined networking stack

Juniper Networks is not, it turns out, all that enthusiastic about the OpenFlow technology that is at the heart of a lot of software-defined network (SDN) strategies these days. But don't be confused. That does not mean that Juniper doesn't believe in SDN or has not been quietly putting together its own SDN battle plan to take …

Juniper chops workforce by 5.3 per cent

In July, Juniper Networks reported a 50.1 per cent drop in net earnings for the second quarter and said that it would be restructuring as well as forming a partnership with Riverbed Technologies. We now know a bit more about exactly what they meant by "restructuring". At the time, Juniper – which has seen increasing pressure …
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Apple, Samsung brass hats' patent spat chitchat falls flat

Apple and Samsung's chief execs have discussed their US patent trial but they weren't able to sort out their differences, a lawyer for the South Korean chaebol said yesterday. District Judge Lucy Koh asked the pair of warring firms to consider negotiations one more time before the jury gets down to decision-making this week. …

Juniper disappointed by skittish service providers

Switch and router maker Juniper Networks, like rival Cisco Systems, has been adversely impacted by the skittish economy and has now been rattled by VMware's $1.26bn acquisition of network virtualizer Nicira. The conversation will quickly shift from what Juniper is doing to get an edge on Cisco to what it is going to do to blunt …

Juniper stalled by jittery service providers, product transitions

Juniper Networks warned Wall Street earlier this month that the fourth quarter was going to be rough because key service provider customers are cutting back on spending at the same time that the company is putting the finishing touches on some new switches and routers. The company hit the high point of its revised revenue and …

Juniper stalled by Q4 slowdown

Juniper Networks is having its Cisco moment, but it doesn't look like it is much to worry about. Yesterday afternoon, Juniper warned Wall Street that it would not meet its sales targets for the fourth quarter ended in December, echoing a similar slowdown that archrival Cisco Systems had in its Q4 of fiscal 2010 ended in July …

Juniper on the prowl for acquisitions

Upstart networking-equipment maker Juniper Networks is on the prowl. Speaking at a conference in Hong Kong on Monday, Kevin Johnson, Juniper's CEO, said that the company was interested in making targeted acquisitions, specifically in the areas of mobile communications and cloud computing. According to a report in The Wall …
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Is Cisco's 16-year CEO Chambers ready to go?

Rumours that Cisco CEO and chairman John Chambers may be considering his resignation have gathered pace. Chambers has spent 16 years at the head of the firm. While he is not about to be ousted in a blaze of ignominy like some other tech CEO departures we could mention, the question of who Chambers' likely heir may be has …
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Juniper profits pinched by economy, product transitions

The choppiness in the network equipment racket continues, with Juniper Networks barely hitting the low end of its profit guidance for the second quarter of 2011. The Silicon Valley networker also lowered its revenue and profit expectations for the full year, thanks to a slowdown in service-provider spending and jumpiness on …
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Ex-Microsoft bigwig Bob Muglia joins Juniper Networks

Erstwhile Microsoft server and tools biz boss Bob Muglia has taken a job at Juniper Networks – a company headed up by Redmond's one-time platforms and services division Kevin Johnson. Muglia, a veteran of the software giant, was pushed out of MS by CEO Steve Ballmer in January after 23 years of service. Although his departure …
Kelly Fiveash, 26 Jul 2011
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Microsoft re-org: more code, less death by PowerPoint?

Before we get too excited about reports of a major shuffle among Microsoft's top ranks, let's remember one thing. Re-structurings are almost an annual sport for Microsoft. But if Bloomberg is right, and a re-org is planned, then - based on what's been happening within the last year - what's coming promises to be a unique …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Feb 2011

Robust network spending drives Juniper's Q4

All eyes were on upstart network equipment maker Juniper Networks concerning its fourth quarter, as the company has become a bellwether of sorts for cloudy infrastructure spending. Juniper made Wall Street happy because it had a better than expected end to 2010, and gave a guidance for 2011 that was consistent with its …

Juniper boasts billion buck quarter

Like its rival Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks is dealing with a base of customers who want to spend money on new gear but are not – thanks to the Great Recession – sure that they should commit those funds quite yet. In the third quarter ended September 30, Juniper boosted sales by 23 per cent, to $1.01bn, but this was only up …

Juniper rolls out multi-product attack on Cisco

Juniper Networks rolled out an aggressive set of hardware, software, and services Monday morning, and while doing so it accused networking megacompetitor Cisco Systems of being yesterday's news. At a meeting with reporters and analysts Monday morning, Juniper CEO Kevin Johnson portrayed his company as the road to the future, …
Rik Myslewski, 17 May 2010

Juniper dangles $50m carrot over Junos

Juniper Networks is dangling a $50 million venture capital carrot over startups willing to focus on building software and applications for the Junos operating system. The $50m VC fund expands on Juniper's recent efforts to push its network application platform, Junos Space to third-party developers, including the creation of a …
Austin Modine, 24 Feb 2010
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Juniper needles way to recovery

Juniper Networks saw a slight drop in fourth-quarter profit, but the network kit maker unexpectedly topped its own estimates for revenue thanks to renewed spending from corporate customers and US phone carriers. The world's second-largest network kit maker is also optimistic for a rebound from 2009, which saw profits for most …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010

How new is Juniper's 'New Network'?

Juniper Networks had a lot to show last week during its "New Network" launch, billed as its most significant event since its founding in 1996. Covering new data center kit, software, and partnerships, the rollout even occasioned a fresh Juniper logo and promises of a new vision of networking going forward to next decade. But …
Austin Modine, 09 Nov 2009
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Microsoft rejigger judges Window 7 a success

Windows 7 is not yet for sale - or even officially finished - but it's already been judged a success. At least, that's what we're lead to believe by Microsoft's latest corporate re-organization. Senior vice president Steven Sinofsky has been named president of the new Windows division, putting him in charge of the engineering …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Jul 2009

Juniper Networks swings $4.5m loss in Q1

Juniper Networks swung a net loss of $4.5 million in its first quarter of 2009, as a hefty one-time tax charge mixed rather nastily with telcos cutting their network spending in the recession. Net income of -$4.5m in Juniper's three month quarter ended March 31 compared to a $110.4m gain in the same quarter last year. Not …
Austin Modine, 23 Apr 2009
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Proxy server bug exposes websites' private parts

Updated Computer networks that use proxy servers to automatically redirect browser connections should be on the lookout for a serious architectural flaw that could allow attackers to remotely access intranets and other website resources that are normally off limits, security experts are warning. At least four proxy server vendors, …
Dan Goodin, 23 Feb 2009
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Microsoft's Live Search cash-back chief joins exodus

Microsoft's internet strategy involves either replacing all staff or ensuring things are so bad people just can't stand working there. Brad Goldberg, general manager for Live Search, has reportedly become the latest online executive to quit the company. Goldberg, who's joining investment-firm Peak 6, apparently launched …
Gavin Clarke, 17 Dec 2008
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Microsoft hires Yahoo! search boss

Microsoft has hired a senior ex-Yahooer to run its loss-making internet search and advertising business. Dr Qi Lu joins Microsoft in January as president of its Online Services Group. Lu used to be executive vice president of engineering at Yahoo's search and advertising technology group - he left the firm in August after ten …
John Oates, 05 Dec 2008
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Microsoft sales tumble from quarterly high

Microsoft's put a brave face on its first-quarter results one year after trumpeting its best performance in eight years. The company Thursday fell back to highlighting its un-sexy multi-year licensing agreements with big customers as proof its business is sound and can endure a recession and netbooks onslaught, as it saw …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2008

Microsoft waves updated Maps, Hotmail at customers

Microsoft yesterday updated its Windows Live versions of Hotmail and Maps, in its latest attempt to appear relevant in the online world. The proprietary software giant hasn’t rolled out the tweaks made to Hotmail to everyone yet. Most peeps will have to wait a few more weeks, but a few lucky non-Googlemail individuals can …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Sep 2008

Microsoft bigwig jumps ship in re-org wake

The man who led Microsoft’s recent failed bid to buy Yahoo! is leaving the software giant after more than 15 years with the company. Kevin Johnson, president of Microsoft’s platforms and services division, is jumping ship amid a major shake-up at the company. Redmond is splitting Johnson’s old unit into two groups – one …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2008
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Microsoft: Yes! We're! talking! to! Icahn!

Microsoft confirmed today that it has been talking to Carl Icahn about possibly taking over Yahoo! should he succeed in ousting the board of directors. Since officially pulling out of talks after failing to agree on a price for Yahoo! Microsoft has kept quiet about its attitude to Icahn, who has built up a shareholding in …
John Oates, 07 Jul 2008
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Microsoft seeds HP PCs with Live Search

Ever determined to close the gap on Google, Microsoft has cut a deal with HP to dope all new PCs it flogs to North Americans with Live Search. From January next year HP machines will come with the Live Search search enging toolbar pre-installed in Internet Explorer, and the homepage set to Microsoft isn't saying how …

Microsoft emails its staff to reassure Yahoos

!!!!! Microsoft exec Kevin Johnson has emailed all Microsoft staff to reassure them about the Yahoo! acquistion. The mail, which was publicly released, seems to be as much for Yahoo! staff as for existing Microsofters. For instance, the mail reassures west coasters that Microsoft intends to keep Yahoo!'s Silicon Valley offices and …
John Oates, 25 Feb 2008

Microsoft's bid for Yahoo! - the story so far

!!!!! The Microsoft-Yahoo story has been long and involved - so long in fact that for your edification we've organised it all in one place. From the initial offering all the way to the very latest, we have month-by-month coverage right here, starting with the freshest: August Yahoo! shareholders! back! Jerry! Yang! 01/08/08 Despite …
Team Register, 08 Feb 2008
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Microsoft pays $240m for tiny sliver of Facebook

It was the worst-kept secret in the internet industry, but today Microsoft proved all the rumor-mongers right by confirming that it is taking a stake in Facebook, and shutting Google out of the social networking website. Microsoft is shelling out $240m for a 1.6 per cent stake, helping the Facebook reach a $15bn valuation in …
Austin Modine, 25 Oct 2007

Microsoft gunning for online ads audience

Microsoft has upped the ante to become a serious contender in the world of online advertising with its $6bn buyout of advertising services firm aQuantive. The Redmond-based software giant also confirmed it had rejigged the organisation and management of its online services team. Microsoft said it had passed control of all …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Aug 2007
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FTC aQuantive probe is 'routine', Microsoft says

Microsoft has acknowledged that the Federal Trade Commission is reviewing its proposed $6bn acquisition of aQuantive, an online advertising company. "As part of the normal regulatory review process, the FTC has opened a routine, 30-day review period following the filing we submitted on the aQuantive acquisition," a Microsoft …
Cade Metz, 15 Jun 2007

Microsoft squares up to Google with $6bn buy

Microsoft today opened a new front in its war with Google for online advertising dollars, with a $6bn cash offer for the Seattle-based online advertising group aQuantive. This is Microsoft's biggest acquisition to date, and boy, does it want the company: the $66.50 per share offer is an 85 per cent premium on aQuantive's …
Mark Ballard, 18 May 2007

Core Windows architect crawls clear of Vista

One of the architects of Windows Vista is leaving Microsoft weeks after it emerged he would be re-assigned once the delayed operating system is launched. Brian Valentine, the vice president for Microsoft's core operating system division, is reportedly leaving Microsoft after 19 years to join internet retailer Amazon. His exit …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2006
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Microsoft promises Wall Street that its 'list of ideas' will get Google

Having alarmed Wall Street with its $2bn spending plans, Microsoft mounted a charm offensive at its annual financial analyst summit Thursday to try and convince stockholders that investments in search, internet advertising and search will pay off. Kevin Johnson, co-president of platforms and services, led a parade of execs …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jul 2006

Microsoft deals out round two of executive shuffle

A month after radically overhauling its business and reporting structure, re-organizational spasms are still being felt through Microsoft's corporate body. Bob Muglia was on Thursday named senior vice president of Windows server and tools, taking over from veteran Eric Rudder. Muglia, previously senior vice president of the …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2005
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Ballmer and Gates make a million

Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have finally joined their high-tech peers by scoring annual salaries in the one million dollar range. Microsoft's chief software architect and chief executive officer were paid $1m during the last fiscal year after each receiving a $400,000 bonus on their $600,000 salaries. Both men were previously …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Sep 2005
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US taxpayers asked to build dams in China?

Should US taxpayers fund public works projects in China? Such a reality may be closer than you think if Chinese PC maker Lenovo gets its way in North Carolina. Only a handful of Reg readers complained about Lenovo's request for $14m and a host of other incentives to keep the jobs it inherited from IBM in North Carolina's …
Ashlee Vance, 29 Aug 2005
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Microsoft shops for new COO at Wal-Mart

Microsoft has reached outside of IT and into the cut-throat world of retail shopping to appoint its next chief operating officer. Kevin Turner was on Thursday named COO, having joined Microsoft from Wal-Mart, a company accused of killing local business and famed for its non-unionized workforce. Turner, a 20-year Wal-Mart …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Aug 2005

Ballmer - No blockbuster takeovers

Steve Ballmer has ruled out a "blockbuster" acquisition, saying Microsoft is looking to smaller deals to fuel product growth and business expansion. Microsoft's chief executive and his team have also laid out a growth strategy encompassing services while tackling the competition in hot areas like gaming and search where …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Jul 2005

MS EMEA chief to lead international sales push

Microsoft has given its European head a promotion, putting him in charge of its international sales, marketing and services efforts as president of Microsoft International. Jean-Philippe Courtois, formerly chief executive officer of Microsoft Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will have overall responsibility for Microsoft …
John Leyden, 20 Jun 2005
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Office XP – when is a price cut not a price cut?

When is a price cut not a price cut? Microsoft has garnered a certain amount of positive publicity thanks to yesterday's estimated 15 per cent cut on Office XP, and alongside this cut it announced it would be bundling some support services with its volume Software Assurance licensing scheme. Or should we perhaps call it the …
John Lettice, 28 May 2003