Review Category : Microsoft

The VLC team has faced another setback in their efforts to publish a comprehensive video player in the Windows 8 Store.  After an initial wave of enthusiasm in a successful kickstarter campaign the team has faced setback after setback.  The VLC decided to take an unorthodox approach in developing their Win8/WinRT app which would allow them to maintain much of their old code base.  The last update we heard from the VLC team was that they ended up rewriting their entire audio stack. A update from their Twitter account on February 1st revealed that their latest app submission had failed again.  The team is unsure why, but have said they are working on fixing any problems and will re-submit the app.  This may give the team some more time to work on the UI and make it look even closer to the Zune player. The VLC team has stated an ...

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Reuters recently reported that Sony is planning to sell its Vaio personal computer division in an effort to streamline its business. Vaio PC division is losing money already and Sony is looking to stop it by selling it to possible parties. Sony is already in dicussion with investment fund Japan Industrial Partners to sell its Vaio unit. A new company would be set up by Japan Industrial Partners to take over the Vaio brand’s operations in Japan, according to the plan under consideration, the source said. Financial details and stakeholdings in the new entity were still being discussed. Apart from Japan, Sony is also planning to stop its operations from overseas PC markets. PC market in general is in bad shape with declining growth and also Sony holds very low single digit market share in that market. A Japanese newspaper The Nikkei business daily reported that the Vaio PC unit ...

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Microsoft’s new CEO Satya Nadella along with Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer yesterday addressed hundreds of Microsoft employee’s regarding this new change at Microsoft. Microsoft’s official blog puts it in a good way as below, As hundreds of Microsoft employees swarmed around a small stage and craned their necks over three floors of balconies and stairwells, raising voices and clapping hands to welcome the company’s third CEO, Satya Nadella – and to honor the previous two CEOs, Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates. On that stage in the middle of the Studio D atrium, the company’s three CEOs Satya Nadella, Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer stood together to talk about the future of Microsoft. “I am honored, humbled and excited – three words that describe what I feel,” said Nadella, who thanked Gates and Ballmer and smiled into a crowd documenting everything with a sea of Windows Phone devices. “You and ...

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  Microsoft yesterday announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Satya Nadella as its new Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. Nadella was previously in the position of Executive Vice President of Microsoft’s Cloud and Enterprise group. Bill Gates, Microsoft’s Founder and Member of the Board of Directors said the following regarding Satya Nadella, “During this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,” “Satya is a proven leader with hard-core engineering skills, business vision and the ability to bring people together. His vision for how technology will be used and experienced around the world is exactly what Microsoft needs as the company enters its next chapter of expanded product innovation and growth.” Satya will get a annual salary of $1.2 million and other benefits for his new position as Microsoft CEO. You can read the whole Offer Letter ...

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As Microsoft’s Enterprise and Cloud chief Satya Nadella has been appointed as the CEO of the company, his old position was left in void. Many of us expected Scott Guthrie to take over Satya’s old position and it seems like Microsoft has done the same. Microsoft announced internally today that Scott Guthrie has been promoted to his new position on February 4. ZDnet’s Mary Jo Foley summarized people who will be working now with Guthrie, Nadella had quite a few direct reports, in addition to Guthrie, who was the Corporate Vice President of Azure Program Management, as a result of various reorgs. Among them were: Bill Laing, who was the Corporate Vice President (CVP) of Development for Windows and System Center; Brad Anderson, CVP of Program Management; Jason Zander CVP of Development for Windows Azure; Quentin Clark, CVP of Program Management for Microsoft’s former Data Platform Group; Dave Campbell, who ...

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After the official announcement about Satya becoming the CEO of Microsoft, he is now on public webcast which you can enjoy. Satya Nadella is strong advocate for customers and partners, and proven leader with strong technical and engineering expertise. He is addressing customers and partners for the first time as CEO during a Customer and Partner Webcast event. Watch the webcast here. Steve Ballmer, Satya Nadella and Bill Gates addressed a gathering at Microsoft today. Watch the photos from the event below. ...

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GeekWire has a great post containing interviews with a number of former Microsoft employees who have worked with Satya Nadella: Scott Moore, president of Seattle startup Cheezburger, the former MSN executive producer on Satya Nadella “Satya is thoughtful, articulate and well-spoken but quite low-key,” said Scott Moore whose tenure at Microsoft gave him a window into Nadella’s leadership of Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Online Services group. “He possesses vast technical knowledge and expertise and unlike many senior execs, he understands the products he oversees at a deep level.” Despite his outward demeanor, Nadella is an “aggressive business leader” who is willing to take on difficult challenges, Moore said. John Connors, the former Microsoft CFO who now works as a venture capitalist at Ignition Partners on Satya Nadella “Nadella is not the type of leader who would pound the table with his fist, instead taking a more thoughtful approach to ...

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Satya Nadella is currently trending on twitter and it seems like everyone and their dog has analysis/opinion on him. I’m curious as to what YOU, our readers, think of the board’s decision to name Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s new CEO.  Please comment below. My thoughts: Just to briefly share my thoughts, I have mixed feelings on Satya “Nutella” Nadella.  On the one hand, as an Indian myself, I’m extremely proud that an Indian is the CEO of Microsoft.  I have deep respect for his enterprise work, first in e-commerce, creation of bCentral, then head of Business Solutions, and recently work on Windows Azure. However, I’m concerned that what his pick means for Microsoft as a consumer focused company.  He did do some work on Live Search, but a lot of it was on the backend services.  Does Nadella have a vision for mobile, contextual, wearables, automobiles, home automation and more? It’s ...

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Satya Nadella was named as the CEO of Microsoft today. As he takes over this prestigious and challenging job, he needs to satisfy lots of expectation from investors, consumers, enterprise, developers and more. He gave a short interview to Steve Clayton at Microsoft about his new job, challenges ahead for Microsoft and how Microsoft is uniquely positioned to take on the competition. From Satya’s mail, What do we do next? To paraphrase a quote from Oscar Wilde — we need to believe in the impossible and remove the improbable. This starts with clarity of purpose and sense of mission that will lead us to imagine the impossible and deliver it. We need to prioritize innovation that is centered on our core value of empowering users and organizations to “do more.” We have picked a set of high-value activities as part of our One Microsoft strategy. And with every service and device ...

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Microsoft stock is up almost 1.3% ($36.94) on the news that Satya Nadella has been named CEO.  This is a good sign that Wall Street seems to be accepting the board’s pick.  Wall Street sees this pick as a sign Microsoft will be more enterprise focused considering Satya Nadella’s old position was EVP of Cloud & Enterprise. Microsoft has not commented on who will be replacing Satya Nadella’s old job as head of Cloud & Enterprise, although there is some speculation that Scott Guthrie might be a good candidate. ...

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While Bill Gates will be stepping down as chairman of the board, Steve Ballmer will remain on the board.  In Ballmer’s short youtube video on Satya Nadella he also mentions Kevin Turner will continue as Chief-Operating Officer.  Often CEO will pick their own executive teams, much like Terry Myerson putting his own people in positions of power.  We’ll see in the coming months if Nadella feels any changes are needed to be made. In many ways I am sad Ballmer is leaving, no one will ever had the passion and love for Microsoft that he had. *Just to clarify, Bill Gates will still remain on the board of Microsoft, he will just no longer be chairman of the board. ...

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Well credit to Hal Berenson who nailed this a few weeks back, but Bill Gates will no longer be chairman of the board at Microsoft.  His new role will be Technical Advisor focusing on products and technologies.  Bill Gates claims he will now spend a third of this time at the company, up from 20 – 25% previously.  Gates will still retain a seat on the board, but he will no longer be chairman.  I think Mary Jo Foley nailed it earlier this week when she said this was likely more for PR than reality. ...

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From: Satya Nadella To: All Employees Date: Feb. 4, 2014 Subject: RE: Satya Nadella – Microsoft’s New CEO Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things with our creations and ultimately make the world a better place. I knew there was no better company to join if I wanted to make a difference. This is the very same inspiration that continues to drive me today. It is an incredible honor for me to lead and serve this great company of ours. Steve and Bill have taken it from an idea to one of the greatest and most universally admired companies in the world. ...

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Microsoft today officially announced that Satya Nadella will become the CEO of Microsoft. Bill Gates steps up to new role as Technology Advisor while John Thompson will become the Chairman of Board of Directors. Here is the email sent from Steve Ballmer to Microsoft employees. From: Steve Ballmer To: All Employees Date: Feb. 4, 2014 Subject: Satya Nadella – Microsoft’s New CEO Today is an incredibly exciting day as we announce Satya Nadella as the new CEO of Microsoft. Satya will be a great CEO, and I am pumped for the future of Microsoft. You can read the full announcement here. Satya is a proven leader. He’s got strong technical skills and great business insights. He has a remarkable ability to see what’s going on in the market, to sense opportunity, and to really understand how we come together at Microsoft to execute against those opportunities in a collaborative way. ...

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Frank Shaw tweeted moments ago that Satya Nadella has become CEO of Microsoft. Official statement from Microsoft: “As Satya Nadella becomes the third CEO of Microsoft, he brings a relentless drive for innovation and a spirit of collaboration to his new role. He joined Microsoft 22 years ago because he saw how clearly Microsoft empowers people to do magical things and ultimately make the world a better place. Many companies, he says, “aspire to change the world. But very few have all the elements required: talent, resources and perseverance. Microsoft has proven that it has all three in abundance.” Satya Nadella on Satya Nadella Bill Gates on Satya Nadella Steve Ballmer on Satya Nadella John W Thompson on Satya Nadella With a perspective based on more than two decades at Microsoft as someone who pushed to make dynamic changes happen, both in the company’s products and its culture, Satya Nadella says he is both “honored and humbled” ...

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According to latest data from NetApplications, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer web browser continues to gain market share worldwide. In January, Internet Explorer gained 0.30% up from 57.91 percent to 58.21 percent. Internet Explorer 11 has also passed Internet Explorer 10 to become the second most used IE version. Internet Explorer 8, which is the default browser in Windows 7 now holds about 21.25% of market share. Starting with IE9, Internet Explorer team at Microsoft is delivering solid releases with significant improvements in speed, reliability and more which has resulted in improved customer usage. I expect IE to gain more market share in the coming weeks. Google Chrome had over 16% and Firefox over 18% web browser market share in January. via: TNW ...

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