Articles about Steve Ballmer

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Microsoft just got its Linux Foundation platinum card, becomes top level member

Microsoft has joined The Linux Foundation as a Platinum member, the highest level of membership. The news was announced at the company's Connect developer event in New York. The Linux Foundation is a non-profit trade association which supports and promotes the Linux operating system and related projects, including Node.js, Xen …
Tim Anderson, 16 Nov 2016
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Satya Nadella hits Sydney and channels Steve O'Ballmer from eight years ago

A little over eight years ago, then-Microsoft-CEO Steve Ballmer came to Australia, told developers that Microsoft loved them and predicted that within a decade average homes would have screens on just about every wall. Thanks to Microsoft and the earnest efforts of clever developers, he said, we'd always have information and …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Nov 2016
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Mark Zuckerberg and the $3bn cash fling: He's not your father's tech kingpin

Lou Gerstner, Ray Noorda, Lew Platt. Remember them? Ever even heard of them? Anybody with a memory or knowledge of the tech industry will know them as former, if anonymous, leaders of IBM, Novell and Hewlett-Packard. Newbies and the average person outside tech won’t without a quick Google. I recently visited the London …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Sep 2016
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Great British Great Bake Off gets new judge

Poll Long weekends cooped up in a cramped sweaty workplace, grappling with unstable materials, your work critiqued by an harsh and judgemental boss. No - not your job hacking PHP or flogging some piece of dead tin in the data centre but the life of the average contestant on the Great British Bake Off. Most of your colleagues …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Sep 2016
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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
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Microsoft COO jumps ship

Kevin Turner has ended his 11-year stint as chief operating officer for Microsoft and is moving to become CEO of financial firm Citadel Securities. Turner was one of the most reviled senior managers at Redmond and his departure has been expected for some time. He was hired by Steve Ballmer from Walmart, where he spent 20 years …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jul 2016
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Oracle: Cloud-first for 12.2 update – on-prem world will have to wait

Oracle is cranking up the pressure on customers to consume its wares as-a-service by initially distributing the updated 12.2 database on a cloud-only basis. Talk of the shift - that will prevent the company’s existing installed base of on-premise punters from accessing new multi tenancy functions - was first spotted across the …

Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

Microsoft is swooping in to buy CV and soapbox site LinkedIn, in an all-cash deal worth a whopping $26.2bn. The software giant is paying $196 per share for LinkedIn, a $61 premium on the enterprise social platform's closing price on last Friday. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn, reporting to Microsoft’s CEO Satya …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Jun 2016
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How Nokia is (and isn't) back in the phone business today

Analysis We have a new phone company today, and it’s European. And the badge says Nokia. So is Nokia back in the phone biz? Yes and no. It won’t spend a penny on either making or marketing phones - even at arm’s length. All that is going to be the job of a new entity, HMD Global Oy, run by present and past Nokians. From HMD we can …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2016

Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

Analysis Intel’s retreat from mobile chips is one of the biggest disruptions to the Wintel relationship in Microsoft’s 35-year business relationship with the chip giant – if not the biggest of all. There have been tiffs before, but not like this – and it raises serious questions about Microsoft’s mobile investments. Don’t expect rebel …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 May 2016
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Miguel de Icaza on his journey from open source to Microsoft: 'It's a different company'

Interview At Xamarin's Evolve conference in Orlando, I sat down with Miguel de Icaza, the initiator of both the GNOME desktop for Linux and the Mono open source version of Microsoft's .NET Framework. Miguel de Icaza co-founded Xamarin with Nat Friedman, who became CEO. Xamarin, which provides tools for developing mobile applications for …
Tim Anderson, 29 Apr 2016

Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

Analysis "You can't deprive a gangster of his gun" – Noel Coward Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella sees things differently from his predecessor Steve Ballmer. And one of the first thing Nadella saw differently is Microsoft’s relationship to Google. On assuming the hot seat, he couldn’t understand why Microsoft was obviously at war with …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016
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Microsoft, Google bury hatchet – surprisingly, not in each other

Microsoft and Google have agreed to sort their issues out between themselves rather than getting state regulators to investigate each other's actions. "Microsoft has agreed to withdraw its regulatory complaints against Google, reflecting our changing legal priorities," Redmond said in a statement to El Reg. "We will continue …
Iain Thomson, 22 Apr 2016
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Holding out for a Jobs: Tim Cook still auditioning for position of Apple god

Apple at 40 Apple is 40 years old. The leader was Steve Jobs, but he's gone and many still don't understand his core idea. The idea was Apple's control over "the user experience". That control is at risk today, and the company's future hangs in the balance as a result under the new leader. How people use things was Jobs' lifelong …

Yahoo! Starts! Sale! Process! To! Fend! Off! Starboard!

Yahoo! has been accused of getting serious about the contentious slow-motion train wreck that is its sale process. The Wall Street Journal reckons the recent threat by activist investor Starboard to sack the board of directors has had its intended effect. The Purple Palace has now set a bid deadline of April 11, for …
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Microsoft's Linux Inquisitor Grand Master is off to Spotify

Linux and Android device makers can breath a little easier: their IP bête noir has left Microsoft. The lawyer running Microsoft’s intellectual property inquisition, Horacio Gutierrez, has left after 18 years. He’s jumped to streaming service Spotify. Gutierrez joined Microsoft in 1998 but ran the company’s LCA innovation and …
Gavin Clarke, 18 Mar 2016
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Oops! Microsoft says its 'Bitcoin ban' was a bug, not a feature

Yesterday, we reported that Microsoft had stopped accepting Bitcoin in its digital tat bazaars. Today it seems like Microsoft's left hand has no idea there's even a right hand over there on the other arm, because the company's been clearing things up by saying yes, it does still accept Bitcoin. And in fact never stopped …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Mar 2016

Steve Ballmer: Get the Facts. I 'love' SQL Server on Linux

Nearly two decades after calling Linux a “cancer” Steve Ballmer has changed his stance, though he's been careful not to back down or apologise over his pronouncements of the past. Microsoft’s former CEO claimed he “loved” this week’s news that Redmond would deliver a Linux-compatible version of its ever-popular SQL Server …
Gavin Clarke, 11 Mar 2016

Sexism isn't getting better in Silicon Valley, it's getting worse

Analysis In the technology field, many people like to think that they are at the forefront of human development, but it is becoming clear that the industry is failing when it comes to dealing with sexism against women. In January, a survey from Stanford University of women who'd spent at least ten years in the tech industry found that …
Iain Thomson, 09 Mar 2016
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Bill Gates can’t give it away... Still crazy rich after all these years

Tech billionaires dominate the upper reaches of the Forbes Rich list this year, which proves that while he’s good at many things, Bill Gates just ain’t cutting it at throwing away cash. Gates came in top again, with a whopping $75bn fortune. The second spot is taken by Zara boss Amancio Ortega, with $67bn, while Warren Buffett …
Joe Fay, 02 Mar 2016
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Microsoft acquires Xamarin: An obvious move not without risks

Analysis Microsoft is acquiring Xamarin, a move which goes to the heart of the company's new mobile strategy. What is that strategy? Since Satya Nadella succeeded Steve Ballmer as CEO, the company has focused on a cross-platform mobile approach, creating strong versions of Office that run on Android and iOS as well as Windows 10 Mobile …
Tim Anderson, 25 Feb 2016

'We love Linux' purrs Microsoft as Red Hat, Azure go on honeymoon

Penguinistas can now run Red Hat Enterprise Linux instances on Microsoft's Azure cloud. "Both Microsoft and I love Linux, and just days after Valentine's Day, I am ecstatic to showcase this love with several new announcements to provide you with even more open choice and flexibility for your cloud deployments on Azure," said …
Iain Thomson, 17 Feb 2016

Ballmer schools SatNad on Microsoft's mobile strategy: You need one

The world’s wealthiest activist shareholder, Steve Ballmer, has offered another critique of Microsoft, the company he helped build. A Business Insider interview finds Ballmer – now an “outsider” – generous and complimentary on most aspects of Nadella’s leadership. Ballmer thinks SatNad’s “cloudobile” pivot was something he …
Andrew Orlowski, 09 Feb 2016
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Microsoft: We think your Office files should see other people

Users of Microsoft Office now have more choice where they keep and work on their documents, and with whom they co-create them. "Since 2013, we’ve offered real-time co-authoring with Office Online documents stored in Microsoft OneDrive and SharePoint Online," said Microsoft's Office VP Kirk Koenigsbauer in a blog post. "Today …
Iain Thomson, 27 Jan 2016
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Containers! Containers! Containers! And RHEL 7.2. Employ as you wish

Review Red Hat closed 2015 with an update to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that bumps the venerable distro to version 7.2. That might sound innocuous but don't let the minor version number fool you, with huge leaps in software versions, a newfound love of all things cloud container and systemd updates under the hood, this is one of …
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Improve, automate, rinse and repeat: All aboard the starship DevOps

Steve Ballmer once famously ran around on stage screaming "developers, developers!" You never hear anyone jumping about shouting "sysadmins!" or "quality controllers!". That’s because code conventional wisdom dictates that code trickles down from the ivory tower, while the boys in the engine room make like Scotty in Star Trek, …
Danny Bradbury, 13 Jan 2016
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Microsoft in 2016: Is there any point asking SatNad what's coming?

Looking Ahead Microsoft has never had to deal with a grumpy activist shareholder criticising the leadership – a grump activist who just happens to be its biggest shareholder ... and its former CEO. Steve Ballmer won't let go. He thinks the cloud KPIs Microsoft gives out are "bullshit", and its mobile strategy is fatally flawed. If Ballmer …
Andrew Orlowski, 29 Dec 2015
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2015 wasn't about AWS. It was about everybody getting ready to try to beat AWS

2015 Year Review One star eclipsed all others in the enterprise in 2015: Amazon. Or, rather, its cloud division, AWS. It somehow became a given that AWS leads in Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas), with the one-time ebook shop now a major IT infrastructure provider. That ebook flogger has become an IT infrastructure provider for the likes of …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Dec 2015
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Microsoft offers Linux certification. Do not adjust your set. This is not an error

Microsoft's decided it needs to offer a Linux certification. The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) Linux on Azure teaches you how to do Linux on Azure by making you do an Azure course and a Linux course. Redmond's bit is the five-day Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions course and …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Dec 2015
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Red Hat clicks with server foe Microsoft on CloudForms

One-time server foes Microsoft and Red Hat have come a step closer on the emerging platform of cloud. Red Hat has added support for Microsoft’s Azure cloud to the latest release of its CloudForms hybrid cloud management system. With Azure support Microsoft shops can now manage Azure workloads and resources from within …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Dec 2015

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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Research: Microsoft the fastest growing maker of tablet OSs ... by 2019

Enterprise adoption of Windows-powered computing slabs will make Microsoft the fastest growing tablet computer maker by 2019. That’s according to Strategy Analytics, which reckons Microsoft will hold 18 per cent of the global tablet operating system market in four years – up from 10 per cent now. Android will remain top dog, …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Nov 2015
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Remember Windows 1.0? It's been 30 years (and you're officially old)

On November 20, 1985, Microsoft unveiled its graphical operating system. Windows 1.0 offered a new way to navigate a PC, clicking a cursor on various boxes rather than scrolling through lines of text in order to navigate data and applications. While arguably less efficient than a command line, the graphical user interface (GUI …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Nov 2015

Finally, with W10, Microsoft’s device strategy makes sense

Analysis Microsoft stubbornly refuses to let go of making hardware, but now the reasons why CEO Satya Nadella has not followed his clear instinct to ditch devices (except Xbox) are becoming clearer. We have analysed many times why Microsoft should not make smartphones and tablets, mainly because of conflicts of interest with the OEM …
Wireless Watch, 28 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

Microsoft, the VW family sedan of IT, wants to be tech's new Rolls-Royce

Analysis If there's one message that stands out from Microsoft's big device day launch on Tuesday it's this: stop thinking about Redmond as the cheap option, because it wants to be seen as the premium brand. For years Microsoft has sold itself as the dominant ecosystem for computing that won't cost you too much. The device day focus, …
Iain Thomson, 07 Oct 2015
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Axed-ya Nadella swings blade through the forest of Microsoft again

In Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella's latest move to dismantle the legacy of his predecessor, Steve Ballmer, the software giant has announced that it's changing its financial reporting structure ... again. The last time Redmond reorganized how it reports its earnings to investors was in the summer of 2013. Ballmer would step aside …
Neil McAllister, 28 Sep 2015

Hey, remember Zune? Zune's dead, baby. Zune's dead

Come November, Microsoft is killing off Zune – the very thing that was supposed to kill off the Apple iPod and iTunes. As you may be able to tell, that execution never came about. Redmond thrust its Zune music players at the world in 2006, and kept plugging away at the hardware and online music marketplace even though no one …
Chris Williams, 16 Sep 2015

VMware quietly sneaks out NSX 6.2 update and/or bug-blast

VMware has quietly let NSX 6.2 out the door, so those of you hoping for a big software-defined networking (SDN) announcement at VMworld next week can probably resign yourself to a dull keynote. The biggest change is that you'll need more memory and CPU cycles to get NSX working. VMware says you'll now need at least 16GB of …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Aug 2015

IT jargon is absolutely REAMED with sexual double-entendres

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Alistair Dabbs is currently hanging upside down in a cave at an undisclosed location. While he slakes his thirst with the blood of those who crossed him, El Reg is re-running one of his timeless classic columns. My wife is looking at online porn again. This can happen accidentally to anyone from time to time, usually while …
Alistair Dabbs, 15 Aug 2015
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Windows 10 marks the end of 'pay once, use forever' software

Comment Windows 10 is the last version of Windows that will ever be released. If this really is the last version of Windows desktop operating system ever, though, where will Microsoft make its money? Microsoft, after-all, has built a multi-billion-dollar business on sales of new versions of Windows through retailers and to PC makers, …
Stuart Burns, 31 Jul 2015
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Ballmer's billion-dollar blunders: When he gambled Microsoft's money and lost

Analysis Less than two years into Satya Nadella's tenure as CEO of Microsoft, he's already had to report a lossmaking quarter. It's only the second time that's happened in the software giant's three decades as a public company, and the $8.44bn write-off Redmond posted earlier this week is the largest in its history. Don't blame Nadella …
Neil McAllister, 27 Jul 2015
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The US taxman thinks Microsoft owes billions. Prove it, says Microsoft

The ongoing squabble between Microsoft and the US Internal Revenue Service is heading to court, beginning with a hearing to take place in a Seattle federal court on Tuesday. The case is gearing up to become one of the largest-ever legal battles between tax authorities and a US corporation over the practice of shifting assets …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jul 2015

Microsoft SLASHES 7,800 bods, BURNS $7.6bn off books in Nokia adjustment

Microsoft will carry out one of its largest rounds of job cuts and a record book writedown in a restructuring plan that calls time on its ill-fated Nokia acquisition. The Windows goliath confirmed on Wednesday (July 8) that 7,800 staff will go, primarily from its phone hardware business – the Nokia devices and services unit it …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2015
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Bloodthirsty Microsoft prepares for imminent 'major' job cuts

Microsoft is sharpening the axe for a "major" round of job cuts, according to a report. The New York Times reckons on a fresh round of layoffs on Wednesday (July 8) but there were no more details. Microsoft is reported to have not commented. Any cuts would come on top of the 18,000 already drawn up. Cuts are expected to fall …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jul 2015
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Gates: Renewable energy can't do the job. Gov should switch green subsidies into R&D

Retired software kingpin and richest man in the world Bill Gates has given his opinion that today's renewable-energy technologies aren't a viable solution for reducing CO2 levels, and governments should divert their green subsidies into R&D aimed at better answers. Gates expressed his views in an interview given to the …
Lewis Page, 26 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's magic hurts: Nadella signals 'tough choices' on the way

There’s nothing like sweetening the bad news medicine, and that’s what Microsoft’s tried with its latest internal staff memo. It wasn't until the penultimate para of Satya Nadella’s saccharine, 20-paragraph ramble about magical things that Microsoft's CEO delivered the bad-tasting medicine. “Tough choices” are coming in …
Gavin Clarke, 26 Jun 2015
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Microsoft's new mission statement: It's all about doing MAGICAL THINGS

Satya Nadella, the man who succeeded Steve Ballmer as Microsoft's CEO and only the third chief exec in the company's history, believes the software giant is poised to achieve "magical things" in the coming years. So began an internal, company-wide memo Nadella sent on Thursday morning, in which he rallies the staff in Redmond …
Neil McAllister, 26 Jun 2015
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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 to Linux users: Explain yourself

Microsoft wants to get better at monitoring Linux. Don't pinch yourself – this isn't some weird dream. Redmond on Tuesday took the covers off a new Linux VM monitoring tool. “A significant number of Virtual Machines on Azure today are running Linux workloads,” writes Khailid Mouss, a senior program manager for the Azure Compute …
Simon Sharwood, 10 Jun 2015