Articles about Microsoft Chief

Kevin Turner

Farewell to Microsoft's Sun Tzu: Thanks for all the cheese, Kevin Turner

Kevin Turner’s departure as Microsoft’s chief salesman after 11 years marks the final passing of the Redmond old guard. Chief operating officer Turner - KT, as he was known - was a chief of the old-school corporate kind; sales, marketing and Microsoft’s stores all reported into Turner. His departure is part of a massive sales …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2016

Booming Ballmer bellows 'bulls**t' over Microsoft's cloud revenue run rate

Microsoft's biggest individual shareholder – its erstwhile CEO Steve Ballmer – has complained in classic ballsy fashion about the software giant's lack of disclosure about its cloud biz. According to Bloomberg, Ballmer said that profit margins and sales were a "key metric" that should be reported by MS. He added that the firm …
Kelly Fiveash, 03 Dec 2015
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Windows 10 pilot rollouts will surge in early 2016, says Gartner

The first six months of 2016 will see an upsurge in pilot rollouts of Windows 10, Gartner has predicted. Many enterprises will then broaden their deployments later in the year with Gartner expecting at least half to have started some form of production deployment by the beginning of 2017, and looking to complete migrations in …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Nov 2015
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella

Microsoft chief Satya drops an S bomb in Windows 10, cloud talk

Microsoft claims it really does care about privacy and securing the cloud and Windows 10, promising to build cybersecurity teams and investing in the area. A new Cyber Defense Operations Center will bring together security response experts from across the technology giant in a new “state-of-the-art” facility. The unit will be …
John Leyden, 17 Nov 2015
Sad Android

Chrome OS is not dead, insists Google veep in charge of Chrome OS

The Google exec running both Android and Chrome has tried to pour cold water on the story that Mountain View is merging its mobile platforms. Hiroshi Lockheimer, senior vice president of Android, Chrome OS and Chromecast, has tweeted: There’s a ton of momentum for Chromebooks and we are very committed to Chrome OS. I just …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Oct 2015

Steve Ballmer praises Twitter job cuts after buying 4% stake in ailing micro-blab site

Erstwhile Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer revealed on Friday that he had recently acquired a 4 per cent stake in troubled micro-blurting site Twitter. The news came in a tweet from Ballmer who congratulated Twitter on its decision earlier this week to cut costs by lopping off 8 per cent of its workforce. Good job @twitter,@ …
Kelly Fiveash, 17 Oct 2015
Google UK's Lego Android

How far will Microsoft go with Android?

There is only one destination for companies that fail with their own mobile operating system, and it's called Android. Last month, BlackBerry acknowledged defeat by announcing PRIV, an Android device with a focus on security. What then is Microsoft’s Plan B when it comes to mobile? In the Nadella era we have already seen the …
Tim Anderson, 14 Oct 2015

Everything I see is Windows 10, says Microsoft's SatNad

Satya Nadella has been hitting the road to undo the damage to perceptions of Microsoft's mobile strategy caused last week by, um… Satya Nadella. When the Great Communicator "clarified" Microsoft's plans last week, he was so effective that many reporters and analysts assumed Microsoft was giving up on its own mobile platforms, …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jul 2015

Ex-Microsoft chief rolls elastic-SQL challenge to Amazon Redshift

SQL Server, with Windows and Office, helped make Microsoft. The database sits in a $13bn business unit and while Microsoft’s server products grew 11 per cent – $1.7bn last year – that was driven primarily by sales of SQL Server. The man who paved the path was Bob Muglia. A 24-year Redmond veteran, he was SQL Server’s first …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Jun 2015
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Microsoft drops Do Not Track default from Internet Explorer

Microsoft has reversed its position on the contentious Do Not Track (DNT) browser feature, saying Internet Explorer will no longer send DNT signals to websites by default. "Put simply, we are updating our approach to DNT to eliminate any misunderstanding about whether our chosen implementation will comply with the W3C standard …
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2015
Terminator head

Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 for the Internet of Things and an Azure IoT suite. The software giant said on Monday that Windows 10 would be delivered for a “diverse set of IoT devices" under the new moniker. Microsoft announced the Windows branch at the Convergence 2015 conference in Atlanta, Georgia. According to …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Mar 2015
A fresh horse dump

Legalese and coding? Yup, it's the open-source FOSDEM shindig

FOSDEM doesn't get the ra-ra headlines or (thankfully) the "booth babes" but the conference does get networking and top technologists (and Belgian beer). I saw a couple of my tech heroes and big cheeses here a few minutes apart just before writing this, for example, and got some top advice for a specific tech issue a breath …

The Reg's review of 2014: Naked JLaw selfies, Uber and monkey madness

Facebook buying WhatsApp for nearly as much as Hewlett-Packard spent on Compaq in 2001? Well, 2014 was the year of the selfie, after all. Just don't let that snapshot of your bits get hacked. Leaked naked smartphone pics weren't this year's only embarrassing public spectacles: Microsoft's CEO put his foot in his mouth on women …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Dec 2014

Ubuntu 14.10 tries pulling a Steve Ballmer on cloudy offerings

“It hurts my eyes,” Steve Ballmer once joshed during a demonstration of Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 managing Red Hat Linux. “I know that's an important capability of the virtual server technology for our customers,” continued a humbled Ballmer. The ex-Microsoft chief exec's Saul-like conversion followed …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Oct 2014

ePassport to Transnistria: NEXTIFYING the Nation State with BONG

¡Bong! [The story so far: Bong has summoned the world's most sought after enterpreneurs and thinkfluencers to Transnistria for the first Disruptive Mindfulness Unsummit. But... why?] The sea of mud stretched in every direction. Ancient, rusty Soviet tractor parts mocked us with their silent tales of record-breaking production …
Steve Bong, 10 Oct 2014
Satya Nadella

Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

+Comment Having closed down its own lesser gaming operations, Microsoft is spending $2.5bn on buying one with a big punch – Minecraft maker Mojang. Loss-making Minecraft will break even in 2015, Microsoft said in a statement. The deal is expected to close late this year. Microsoft is doing more than buying a leading and popular game …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2014

Microsoft's Black Thursday: XBox Live goes down as XBox Studio canned

Microsoft's Xbox Live gaming service fell offline this afternoon, San Francisco time, and remained down for at least a couple of hours. The US giant reported that access to its Xbox Live Core Services and TV, Music and Video services were "limited". "We understand that some of our members are running into issues when …
Jack Clark, 17 Jul 2014
GoPro HD Hero

Former Microsoft exec Bates bounces to GoPro

Portable video camera maker GoPro has made former Microsoft executive Tony Bates its president in the run up to its IPO. The onetime Microsoft exec will report directly to GoPro's chief executive Nicholas Woodman, GoPro announced on Wednesday. The firm filed with US regulators in late May to raise as much as $111m in an IPO. …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2014

Confirmed: Salesforce partners with 'evil empire' Microsoft

Salesforce is teaming up with Microsoft, a company Salesforce chief Marc Benioff used to call the "evil empire". Putting to rest rumors from earlier today, the two companies have announced they are burying the hatchet – and will team up so that Windows users can more easily access Salesforce's tech from within Microsoft's …
Jack Clark, 29 May 2014
Marc Benioff

Microsoft, Salesforce thump table in cloud tie-up talks – report

Salesforce is in talks over a cloud tie-up with Microsoft, a company its chief once branded the "evil empire". The two enterprise staples are reportedly in the closing stages of talks about a deal that would let users of the Windows Azure cloud use Salesforce’s apps: Bloomberg reports Salesforce’s CRM-as-a-service will be made …
Gavin Clarke, 29 May 2014
FBI badge and gun

Microsoft swats away FBI request for Office 365 subscriber data

Microsoft has successfully challenged a secret letter from the Federal Bureau of Investigation ordering it to turn over data from one of its Office 365 customers, court documents made public on Thursday have revealed. The documents, which remained secret until they were unsealed by the US District Court in Seattle on Wednesday …
Neil McAllister, 23 May 2014
Broke - empty pockets

Microsoft: The MORE Surfaces it sells, the MORE money it loses

The more Surfaces slabs Microsoft sells, the more the Redmond giant has to shell out. Microsoft Thursday trumpeted $494m in revenue made from sales of Surface during its third fiscal quarter. But Microsoft also notched up $539m in costs associated with selling Surface, thereby cancelling out any profits and forcing it to post …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Apr 2014
Scott Guthrie

Geek's geek Guthrie heads up Microsoft's mega-billions enterprise software biz

The chief of Microsoft’s would-be Flash killer Silverlight, who also invented ASP.NET, has taken the top spot at Redmond’s $20bn enterprise and cloud business. Scott Guthrie has quietly been named acting head of Microsoft’s enterprise and cloud business in the wake of Satya Nadella’s elevation to Microsoft CEO. Nadella had been …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Feb 2014

Glassholes, snapt**ts, #blabbergasms, selfies and PRISM: The Reg's review of 2013

Year in Review "Selfie" is the Oxford English Dictionary's word of the year. There's nothing new about a "selfie" - it's a self-portrait - but a perfect storm of social networks and smartphones has given popularity to a word and an act even world leaders feel it's OK to do on really serious occasions. In keeping with a long tradition here at …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Dec 2013

Ballmer: Microsoft stronger without Bing and Xbox tinkering

Steve Ballmer has spoken to shareholders of his vision of a diversified Microsoft which includes both Bing and Xbox, with the backing of the tearful Bill Gates. Ballmer said Tuesday that under the re-org that he announced this summer, Microsoft won’t be limited to a single set of activities, rather it would span “a family of …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Nov 2013

Gates chokes up, WEEPS to Microsoft shareholders amid talk of CEO hunt

Bill Gates today delivered an emotional speech to the Microsoft shareholders, choking up as he described his history with the company and the search for a successor for his friend Steve Ballmer. "We've got a commitment to see that the next CEO is the right person, for the right time, for the company we both love," said Gates, …
Iain Thomson, 19 Nov 2013

'Burning platform' Elop: I'd SLASH and BURN stuff at Microsoft, TOO

What kind of company would Microsoft be under Stephen Elop, we asked. We have an answer... of sorts. Elop would kill Bing and Xbox as a Microsoft chief executive and go "all business" by developing Office for as many non-Windows devices as possible. Nokia’s CEO is reported by Bloomberg be considering the strategy should he …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Nov 2013
Microsoft Surface tablets

Microsoft: Surface a failure? No, it made us STRONGER

Microsoft's Surface fondleslabs haven't been selling as well as it or its retail partners would have liked, but top execs say that building hardware in-house is an essential part of Redmond's strategy, and one that has already paid off. Speaking at a meeting with financial analysts on Thursday, Microsoft chief operating …
Neil McAllister, 20 Sep 2013
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Microsoft does a U-turn, releases Windows 8.1 to developers early after all

After facing a backlash from developers concerned that they wouldn't get early access to the latest versions of Windows, Microsoft has released builds of Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 to its MSDN and TechNet subscription programs, more than a month ahead of the updates' official launch date. "We heard from you that …
Neil McAllister, 09 Sep 2013

Microsoft, Nokia and the sound of colliding garbage trucks

Opinion History, it is said, doesn't repeat itself – there are merely echoes through time. Listening to Microsoft's $7.1bn purchase of Nokia's phone and services, you'd have certainly heard an echo – the distant grinding noise of two colliding garbage trucks reverberating down the years. The phrase "the sound of two garbage trucks …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Sep 2013

Microsoft's $7.1bn Nokia gobble: Why you should expect the unexpected

Analysis With Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s mobile business for $7.1bn, the Redmond software giant has finally become a phone and device maker. The deal gives Microsoft Nokia’s global handset engineering, manufacturing, sales and distribution business; the family of Windows-Phone-powered Lumia smartphones; a war chest of 8,500 Lumia …
Gavin Clarke, 03 Sep 2013

Microsoft cedes board seat to activist investor

Just a week after Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer announced plans for his retirement Redmond has offered activist shareholder ValueAct Capital a seat on the Microsoft board. Redmond announced the "cooperation agreement" in the late hours of Friday afternoon in San Francisco before the Labor Day three day weekend, which is an ideal …
Jack Clark, 31 Aug 2013

Ex-Windows chief Sinofsky flogs brains to Valley startups

Microsoft’s former Windows chief Steven Sinofsky is re-inventing himself in Silicon Valley as an investor and startup mentor. In his role as a newbie at Silicon Valley venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Sinofsky is now an advisor to file-sharing service Box. Co-founder and chief executive Aaron Levie blogged that …
Gavin Clarke, 30 Aug 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

Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

Analysis Microsoft chief exec Steve Ballmer has gone sooner than anyone, even he himself, had expected. On Friday he announced he will give up the reins following a 12-month transition. A one-year exit is proper given Ballmer’s position: the CEO of a major listed company. What’s strange, however, is the timing - that Ballmer should be …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Aug 2013

BILLION DOLLAR BALLMER: Microsoft chief makes $1bn simply by quitting

Steve Ballmer has just seen his personal wealth surge by a cool $1bn after announcing his retirement from Microsoft - which immediately caused the company's stock to soar close to a 12-month high on Wall Street. The software vendor, which trades on Nasdaq under the MSFT banner, saw its shares initially surge by close to 9 per …
Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2013

Oracle set for major Microsoft, Salesforce, Netsuite partnerships

Oracle is embarking on a spree of partnerships to assure the success of its much-ballyhooed 12c database among cloud companies. The red giant's chief, Larry Ellison, announced during Oracle's disappointing fourth quarter earnings call yesterday that Oracle will be forming alliances with NetSuite,, Microsoft, and …
Jack Clark, 21 Jun 2013

Wake up, Uncle Fester! Huawei’s nattering about BUYING Nokia

Analysis Chinese dragon Huawei says it has “no plans” to buy Nokia, Europe’s biggest technology company – but it didn’t challenge reports that triggered the story. The FT found Huawei’s consumer electronics chief Richard Yu musing on a takeover of Nokia. If alarm bells aren’t ringing in Redmond, they should be. Yu may think that – but …
Andrew Orlowski, 20 Jun 2013
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Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

Not content with operating 68 dedicated retail stores, Microsoft has partnered with consumer electronics retailer Best Buy to open store-within-a-store outlets at more than 600 Best Buy and Future Shop locations in North America. "It's something that has to be seen to be believed," said Microsoft chief marketeer Chris …
Neil McAllister, 13 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Planetary Resources turns to crowdfunding to help with satellite costs

Updated Planetary Resources, the asteroid mining company backed by some of the biggest names in Silicon Valley, is launching a crowdfunded satellite that could be in orbit by 2015. The Arkyd 100 satellite, named in homage to the Star Wars droid manufacturers Arakyd Industries, is a small orbital platform that will form part of the …
Iain Thomson, 29 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Microsoft floats Azure cloud into China

Microsoft is bringing its Azure cloud to China, although the management of the data center will be done by a local firm. Azure will become available in a public beta within a month, Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said at a speech in Beijing on Monday, according to Bloomberg. As a condition of bringing Azure into China, Microsoft …
Jack Clark, 22 May 2013

Hey, Teflon Ballmer. Look, isn't it time? You know, time to quit?

Analysis Those who upgraded to Windows 8 aren't the only ones unhappy with the new touch-driven operating system - Wall Street is too. Just don't expect any of the criticism hurled at Steve "Teflon" Ballmer, Microsoft's shy and retiring boss, to stick. The chief executive is under fire from money men who responded to tech reporters …
Gavin Clarke, 17 May 2013

Windows Blue preview to land at end of June

Start-button refugees wandering through the wasteland of Windows 8 trying to find a way to open an application can circle June 24th in their calendars, after Microsoft let it be known that a “public preview” of Windows Blue will emerge at the end of June. Microsoft's leaking hints that Blue will bring back the Start button, …
Simon Sharwood, 08 May 2013
The Register breaking news

Rackspace fluffs .NET cloud support

Rackspace is making overtures to Microsoft users by broadening .NET support for its cloud and managed hosting, though these devs may be increasingly swayed by Azure. The company announced a Cloud SDK for Microsoft.NET, and a PowerShell-based API client "PowerClient" for Rackspace public cloud services on Wednesday. The two tools …
Jack Clark, 02 May 2013

Western Digital leaps out of a plane, forgets to pull the 'chute

Western Digital's latest quarterly financial results signal a retreat in revenue and profits. Recession helped reduce both figures and the floor is not yet in sight. For its second quarter of fiscal 2013, which ended 28 December 2012, revenues were $3.8bn, an impressive 89 per cent increase on the year-ago quarter. Net income …
Chris Mellor, 24 Jan 2013
Asteroid mining

Asteroid mining and a post-scarcity economy

In the last year, we've seen two commercial ventures announce different plans to harvest the material bounty of the solar system by mining asteroids. So are we at the foothills of a post-scarcity economy or are people blowing a lot of hot air on the latest fad du jour? In April, Planetary Resources announced a scheme to fire off …
Iain Thomson, 24 Jan 2013

2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

Review of 2012 Great Britain reminded the world who invented the web at London 2012 Olympics, Apple cocked up its maps, Microsoft returned to hardware with Surface, we saw a rise of the machines on Wall Street and many of us rubbed our hands with glee as Facebook IPO's deflated. This was the last 12 months in technology. So put the in-laws on …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

Bankrupt Kodak misses $2bn target, flogs imaging patents for $525m

Iconic camera-maker Eastman Kodak has reached an agreement to sell its portfolio of imaging patents for $525m. Patent shop Intellectual Ventures is among the buyers, and together with RPX Corporation leads a consortium of 12 unnamed licensees to buy a portion of the patents. IV, considered by critics to be a patent troll, is …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2012
The Register breaking news

LIVE NOW: Speak Your Brains on Windows chief's defenestration SHOCKER

Live Chat Steven Sinofsky, Microsoft’s Windows chief, left Microsoft suddenly and without adequate explanation a week ago. Sinofsky helped launch Windows 7, took over the Windows group in 2010 and in two years turned around an organization tainted by Windows Vista to put Microsoft on an attack vector against Apple with Windows 8, last …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Nov 2012
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Are you an IT pro? It's no longer safe to bet your career on Microsoft

Is Microsoft still a safe bet for the IT pro? In a word: No. As an IT worker, you have to gamble on which technology will keep you fed and housed over the coming years. For a really long time that has been Microsoft, but you don’t get paid on the past. Instead you need to peer into an uncertain future. The Windows 8 launch …
Dominic Connor, 06 Nov 2012