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Microsoft boss to wave tablets in CES faces – again

Microsoft is reportedly going to attempt to conjure some magic from slate computing at next month's CES event in Las Vegas. According to the New York Times, which cites people familiar with the matter, Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer will announce a number of devices built by hardware pals Samsung, Dell and others. Apparently, the …
Kelly Fiveash, 14 Dec 2010
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Microsoft boss waves goodbye to biz division wonder kid

Stephen Elop’s tenure at Microsoft proved to be short and sweet. He arrived in time for the Windows Vista death march, followed by the happy-clappy launch of Windows 7, and then – as a last hurrah – the retail release of Office 2010 in June. As we reported earlier, Elop has now taken on the role of CEO at Finnish mobile phone …
Kelly Fiveash, 10 Sep 2010
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Microsoft's Steve Ballmer named 'most improved tech CEO'

Jobs and career community website Glassdoor has named Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer its "most improved tech CEO" for 2012, though judging by the numbers it's a dubious honor, to say the least. According to the site's latest annual Tech Company Comparison Report, which it published on Tuesday, Microsoft's chief exec scored a CEO …
Neil McAllister, 13 Dec 2012
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Report: Microsoft to cop it from Brussels in Browser Choice affair

Microsoft is reportedly set to be whacked with a Statement of Objections from European Commission competition officials over the software giant's foolish browser-choice gaffe in which users of the Windows OS were steered into using the firm's IE software. According to Bloomberg, which cited two anonymous sources familiar with …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Sep 2012
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Microsoft talks up devices, Windows 8.1 at developer shindig

Everything is beautiful at Microsoft's Build developer conference this year. Beautiful, gorgeous, delightful, beautiful, absolutely beautiful. These days, Redmond's mouthpieces seem to stammer out the word "beautiful" about as often as most speakers say "uh." But beyond all the disingenuous awe and self-congratulation, Wednesday …
Neil McAllister, 26 Jun 2013
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Microsoft set to reshuffle management pack

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is reportedly planning to bring in more senior product execs in a management reshuffle at Redmond. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, which cites two people familiar with the situation, Ballmer could announce the team changes in the next few weeks. In recent months, many top name execs have walked …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Feb 2011
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Microsoft inks Nokia deal with phones set to fly in 2012

The marriage between Microsoft and Nokia was today splashed in ink with the two companies signing a definitive deal for their 10-week-old strategic union. Under the new alliance, the two tech firms will build a number of Nokia Windows phones. The devices themselves are expected to ship in volume at some point in 2012, according …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Apr 2011
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Microsoft tablet OS to see light of day in 'autumn 2012'

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer was given a gentle kick up the backside late last year by the company's board, after he failed to move quickly enough against Apple’s iPad and lost market share in the mobile phone and tablet biz. Despite all that, a Bloomberg Business Week report is suggesting that Redmond is taking its sweet (or …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Mar 2011

Sinofsky's new blogski: Windows 8 king reborn as management guru

What next for the technology executive who saddled his previous employer with a controversial flagship operating system, polarised management and swiftly left under a cloud? Telling others how to build successful products, of course. Former Windows chief Steve Sinofsky has launched himself as a product development expert with a …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Jan 2013
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Microsoft says US staff must chip in for healthcare

Microsoft told its US staff on Friday that from 2013 they would have to pay contributions toward their healthcare costs. The company’s compensations and benefits veep J. Ritchie told MS employees at a 'Town Hall' meeting in Redmond that Microsoft was “not immune” to the “rising costs” of US healthcare. "We needed to evolve our …
Kelly Fiveash, 11 Oct 2010

Ballmer predicts 400 MILLION Win 8 Surface and Lumia fumblers

Steve Ballmer's back in the numbers game, this time predicting sales of Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 kit to draw in application developers. Ballmer is reported to have claimed at the event that "close" to 400 million Windows phones and tablets will be running Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8. He didn't say when, though. …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2012
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Microsoft caps Ballmer bonus over mobile phone, tablet failures

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer missed out on a maximum bonus in the company’s last fiscal year, after he failed to move quickly enough against Apple’s iPad and lost market share in the mobile phone biz. The unsuccessful launch and speedy demise of Microsoft’s doomed social networking mobile device Kin also kept Ballmer’s piggy …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Oct 2010
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Microsoft adopts Say-on-Pay measure for shareholders

Microsoft jacked up CEO Steve Ballmer’s salary by four per cent for the company’s bumpy 2009 financial year, which ended in June. Redmond paid Ballmer $665,833 compared to his 2008 salary of $640,833, according to a US Securities and Exchange Commission regulatory filing. The Microsoft boss, who at the start of this year …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Sep 2009
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Microsoft thinks it can sell one copy of Windows 7 for every four people

Microsoft hopes to sell 14 million copies of Windows 7 to UK consumers next year. The software vendor has set itself an ambitious target with its latest operating system, which will hit stores in a few hours from now. Blighty's population is roughly 60 million. Microsoft said it had been buoyed by the response from its 15 …
Kelly Fiveash, 21 Oct 2009

How Novell peaked, then threw it all away in a year

One grey morning in the mid 1990s, your writer was bundled on a plane and flown to somewhere in Germany - it might have been Dusseldorf - to attend the Olympics. Not those Olympics. The inaugural Certified NetWare Engineer Olympics. Marketing for tech companies is tricky, and all the harder in the '90s, when sci-fi visions of …
Joe Fay, 25 Jul 2013
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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 Yahoo …
John Oates, 07 Jul 2008
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Microsoft woos startups with new BizSpark program

Redmond is giving a select bunch of software startups thousands of dollars worth of development tools and server software at a big discount for up to three years. Companies signing up to the deal won’t have to stump up a fee at the beginning of the agreement. However, they will be required to pay out $100 when they leave the …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Nov 2008
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Umbrella-wielding Steve Ballmer gets cloudy with Office 365

Prepackaged software giant Microsoft uncorked its latest online business productivity service, dubbed Office 365, today. It's essentially a re-branding exercise by Redmond, which has replaced the firm's clunkily-named Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) of apps with a cloud-based offering for biz customers. But the song …
Kelly Fiveash, 28 Jun 2011
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Microsoft and Yahoo! resume mating ritual

Microsoft and Yahoo! have entered "early discussions" on a possible search and advertising partnership, including a face-to-face meeting between new Yahoo! chief executive Carol Bartz and Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer. Citing "several sources with knowledge of the situation", All Things Digital has reported the two Google chasers …
Cade Metz, 10 Apr 2009
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Microsoft could go it alone without Yahoo!

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer yesterday dropped the biggest hint yet that Redmond could turn its back on rival Yahoo! if its hostile bid to buy the internet search engine is rejected. The Wall Street Journal reports that Ballmer, speaking after a conference in Milan, said: “We know what Yahoo! is worth to us. We offered a lot of …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Apr 2008
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MS Dynamics CRM Online trumps server release, says Ballmer

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer cut the ribbon yesterday on the company's latest effort to pump more of its software estate into the cloud – the launch of its Dynamics CRM Online product. Until Ballmer's relatively recent proclamation that Microsoft was "all-in" on the cloud, the vendor had concentrated much more heavily on its on- …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Jan 2011
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Microsoft and Novell to push SuSE Linux sales in China

Microsoft and Novell yesterday announced plans to extend their interoperability alliance by tapping into the increasingly lucrative Chinese market. The software companies said in a joint statement that they were placing "particular emphasis" on the People's Republic to jointly market and sell Novell's SuSE Linux distribution in …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2008
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Yahoo! to! reject! Microsoft! offer!

The board at Yahoo! plans to reject Microsoft's unsolicited $44.6bn takeover offer, the Wall Street Journal reports. Quoting "a person familiar with the situation," the publication states that after a series of meetings over this weekend, the board thinks the software giant's bid "massively undervalues" Yahoo!. Microsoft boss …
Scott Snowden, 10 Feb 2008
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Microsoft slings sack of green at US universities

Microsoft has handed over half a million dollars to four US universities doing research into green computing. The software giant, which has recently been building power-chugging data centres across the globe to beef up its web-based onslaught, said yesterday that it hoped the research would help develop techniques to lower …
Kelly Fiveash, 29 Apr 2008
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Ballmer pulls on furs for Russia's answer to Silicon Valley MoU

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer signed a memorandum of understanding in Russia today, to build a research and development centre – à la Silicon Valley – in a location outside of Moscow. Ballmer and oil and mining mogul Viktor Vekselberg, who is the head of the Skolkovo Fund, inked the memorandum this morning. "We are establishing …
Kelly Fiveash, 01 Nov 2010
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Ballmer! in! anything! could! happen! shocker! over! Yahoo! deal!

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is still holding his arms out to internet giant Yahoo!. Speaking at the Cannes Lion 2009 ad festival yesterday, Big Steve said: “We remain open to a partnership with Yahoo!”, according to Reuters. When asked if an agreement between the rival web firms could be reached, Ballmer added: "Who knows?" …
Kelly Fiveash, 25 Jun 2009
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Yahoo! and Microsoft terminate talks, this time for good

Yahoo! has terminated all acquisition talks with Microsoft, today saying Microsoft was only interested in the internet provider's search business. Yahoo! shares fell 10 per cent today to $23.52, from yesterday's closing price of $26.52. The beleaguered company is hitching its fortunes to the Google juggernaut with a search, …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Jun 2008
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Ballmer readies slate PC for CES

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer is due to unveil a slate or tablet type computer at the Consumer Electronics Show later today. Ballmer is giving a keynote speech at 6.30pm in the Las Vegas Hilton. He will be hoping to attract some of the hyperbole being lavished on Google's Nexus One phone and Apple's mythical entry into the slate …
John Oates, 06 Jan 2010
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Ballmer disses Oracle's decision to buy Sun

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has derided Oracle’s decision to buy Sun Microsystems for $7.4bn. "I have no idea why a software company would buy a hardware company. We don't want to buy any hardware companies," Ballmer told the American Chamber of Commerce in Cairo, Egypt today, reports Reuters. He also reiterated that Microsoft …
Kelly Fiveash, 22 Apr 2009
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Ballmer woos students, ogles Google's search & ad model

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer hung out with some more university students yesterday, as he continued his campaign to convince would-be technology and science graduates to work for the software giant. Speaking at the University of Washington, Ballmer explained that the company is still learning how to get things right with all of …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2010
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Microsoft's Ballmer: Chair-tossing potty-mouth

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer threw a chair across his office and threatened to "fucking kill Google" when told a key employee was leaving to join the search giant. According to legal documents filed late last week Ballmer reacted with fury when told Mark Lukovsky was joining Google. Lukovsky's statement said: Prior to joining …
John Oates, 05 Sep 2005
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Ballmer goes to LSE as internal doc calls for radical overhaul of MS

Microsoft is privately telling its staff that the company’s way of doing business needs to be re-addressed – the only trouble being that public knowledge of that fact has been evident for some time now. The software vendor’s CEO Steve Ballmer was in London this morning speaking at the London School of Economics to a student and …
Kelly Fiveash, 05 Oct 2010
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Ballmer, Bartz, Schmidt collide in London

What do you get when you invite Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer, Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, and Google chief Eric Schmidt to talk about tech opportunities in the UK? Jargon, rhetoric and a matey slap on the back from the Tories, is about the sum of it. It’s perhaps a coincidence that Ballmer and Bartz have both been in London on the …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Nov 2010
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Ballmer clashes with Obama over US tax rules

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has threatened to move more US jobs overseas if President Barack Obama refuses to change his stance on ending tax breaks on foreign earnings. Big Steve told Bloomberg yesterday that US tax rates made jobs “more expensive.” "We’re better off taking lots of people and moving them out of the US as …
Kelly Fiveash, 04 Jun 2009
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'No Office 14 this year,' says Ballmer

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer has confirmed that the company’s upcoming Office package, codenamed 14, won’t land in 2009. He told Wall Street analysts at Redmond’s annual “Strategic Update” briefing today that the Office suite “will not be [shipped] this year.” Just last month Microsoft spun out an Alpha version of the server …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Feb 2009

Windows hits 25

November 20, 1985, saw the launch of Microsoft Windows 1.01, the first publicly released version. Of course it was late. Microsoft boss Bill Gates announced Windows in 1983, promising release by the end of 1984, perhaps to counter VisiCorp's VisiON, an alternative PC graphical application manager that launched in December 1983 …
Tim Anderson, 20 Nov 2010
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Ballmer on banking crisis: No one is safe

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer warned today that no company is safe from the financial crisis. We all knew that of course, but when an ego the size of Ballmer's decides to gulp you know we're really in trouble. Reuters reports that Ballmer told a news conference in Norway: "I think one has to anticipate that no company is immune …
John Oates, 30 Sep 2008
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Yahoo! shares! rise! above! offer! price!

Yahoo! shares are worth more than Microsoft offered to pay for them last week. Even though when Microsoft made its offer to buy Yahoo! it included a 62 per cent premium Yahoo! shareholders are now better off selling their shares on the open market. Microsoft offered a mix of its own shares and cash equivalent to $31 for each …
John Oates, 08 Feb 2008
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Ballmer backs away from 'Vista Capable' legal row

Steve Ballmer has distanced himself from the ongoing “Vista Capable” legal spat by claiming he had no direct involvement in Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the operating system. In a document (pdf courtesy of SeattlePI) filed last Friday, the software giant’s CEO effectively exonerated himself in the Windows Vista Capable …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Oct 2008
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Ballmer's bid to swerve 'Vista Capable' row comes unstuck

MS CEO Steve Ballmer has been ordered by a federal judge to testify in a class action lawsuit over the ongoing “Vista Capable” debacle. In September Ballmer tried to distance himself from the row by claiming he had no direct involvement in Microsoft’s marketing campaign for the operating system. But US District Judge Marsha …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Nov 2008
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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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Ballmer: Google is winning online

Steve "on the" Ballmer is telling anyone who'll listen about how Microsoft is taking a pasting from Google in the search advertising racket. In a speech in Orlando this week, the Microsoft boss said: "In world search and advertising, Google is the leader, we're an aspirant [shouldn't that be perspirant?]. We have a lot of work …
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Ballmer upset by Apple cart

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer yesterday openly acknowledged Apple's "thriving" success in the lucrative consumer market. Historically, Ballmer has not often taken Apple seriously as a competitor. Well, apart from dismissing the iPhone as "niche" and iPod owners being thieves of course. Ballmer outlined his “priorities” in an …
Kelly Fiveash, 24 Jul 2008
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Bill Gates goes to Washington, again

Bill Gates is expected to testify before the US House Committee on Science and Technology later today, giving Microsoft’s view on the need for education and immigration reform. Although the committee – which will today be celebrating its 50th anniversary – has no jurisdiction over immigration, Gates will argue that the US …
Kelly Fiveash, 12 Mar 2008
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Yahoo! pulls Alibaba out of hat, posts big Q1 profit jump

Jerry Yang today hailed Yahoo!'s "extraordinary" Q1 results, citing the besieged firm's ability to execute, against a backdrop of economic uncertainty and Microsoft's unwelcome bid to buy the company. And extraordinary they were, as the Yahoo! CEO claims, with net income jumping massively to $542m, or 37 cents a share (Net …
Drew Cullen, 22 Apr 2008
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Ballmer bets on R&D amidst Meltdown

Microsoft boss Steve Ballmer wants to spend research and development dollars like it was the 1930s-era Great Depression. The volume control-impaired CEO told investors at its annual mid-year chat that Microsoft intends to stuff the company's R&D larders in anticipation for when economic conditions aren't quite so dire. But he …
Austin Modine, 24 Feb 2009
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Microsoft on Trial: December 1998

Back to the main Microsoft on Trial page Stories from... January 1999 November 1998 October 1998 30 December 1998 Microsoft attacks Intuit exec's testimony But it hasn't actually been filed yet... 23 December 1998 DoJ says MS exec misled in his deposition Allchin's recall for further questioning is being sought 21 December 1998 …
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Ballmer: I will buy 20 web companies a year

Steve Ballmer has told an audience of foaming Silicon Valley start-up types exactly what they want to hear: he will buy 20 web companies a year for the next five years. The Microsoft boss made the promise at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. He didn't say what these 100 acquisition targets would do for his firm, or where he …
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MS pulls plugs on XP SP3 mass launch

Microsoft has pulled the general release of Windows XP service pack three (SP3) at the eleventh hour, blaming a “compatibility issue” for the cock-up. The software giant said late yesterday it was suspending mass download of the long-awaited service pack while it investigates the problem between its point-of-sale app – Dynamics …
Kelly Fiveash, 30 Apr 2008
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IBM boffins unfurl mobile browser reading map

Mobile web browsing is indisputably a tech on the rise, but cruising the internet while clutching a tiny handheld remains a far more frustrating endeavor than on a traditional PC. A team of IBM researchers in Japan are tinkering with a technology that could possibly help ease the endless scrolling, pinching, and tapping …