Based on the recent reports, Chinese search giant Baidu has hired Microsoft veteran Zhang Yaqin in China. Zhang Yaqin is the Corporate Vice President, and chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific R&D Group. He is currently leading thousands of engineers and scientists involved in research and development. Zhang has published more than 500 refereed papers in leading international conferences and journals and has been granted over 50 U.S. patents in digital video, Internet, multimedia, wireless and satellite communications. Many of the technologies he and his team developed have become the basis for start-up ventures, commercial products, and international standards. As Corporate Vice President of Microsoft, and Chairman of Microsoft Asia-Pacific Research and Development Group (ARD), Dr. Ya-Qin Zhang is responsible for driving Microsoft’s overall research and development efforts in the Asia-Pacific region, ensuring success for the company in this growing market. Under Zhang’s leadership, ARD has become Microsoft’s largest R&D center outside of ...

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Following Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer, Melinda Gates and Bill Gates, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela took the ALS ice bucket challenge. Watch the videos below. Phil Spencer accepts Notch’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Shuhei Yoshida from Sony, Reggie Fils-Aime from Nintendo and Gabe Newell from Valve to participate and raise awareness for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Thanks to a challenge from Rob Bennett I got to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness and find a cure for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). I now pass this challenge along to Jeff Raikes (mentor and former boss), Ted Donato (college roommate and Harvard Hockey coach) and Amy Hood (current CFO of Microsoft and great colleague). Please visit als.org for more information. ...

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Following Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, Melinda Gates also accepted ALS ice bucket challenge. On her 50th Birthday, Melinda Gates accepts Sheryl Sandberg’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and nominates Katie Couric, Stephen Colbert, Yuri Milner, and her daughter Phoebe to join in and raise awareness for ALS. Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Dell CEO and many others also accepted the challenge and few also promised to make donations for ALS. ...

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Yesterday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s challenged Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates to take on ALS ice-bucket challenge. He gladly accepted it and took the challenge by designing a setup that will allow him to pour ice-water on himself. Also, Bill challenged Elon Must, Ryan Seacrest and challenged Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk, entertainment host Ryan Seacrest and TED curator Chris Anderson. Another thing revealed in the video is that, Bill Gates uses a Surface Pro 3. You can order yours from Microsoft Store today. Recently, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, and many others accepted the challenge and few also promised to make donations for ALS. ...

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In between advising current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and his philanthropic endeavors, Bill Gates was spotted on a family vacation off the coast Italy near Porto Cervo, Sardinia. According to a new report: Gates — along with his wife Melinda and their kids Rory, Jennifer and Phoebe — knocked a few balls around in Porto Cervo, Sardinia before being flown back to the massive yacht they’re renting. After that, the family went through a rack of wet suits (because who doesn’t keep their wet suits on a clothes rack?) before taking a dip in the Mediterranean Sea and hopping on jet skis. Safe to say his summer is probably better than yours.   h/t tmz ...

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If you are using Windows, you must be aware of the fact that Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiated Find operation. This works in Windows Explorer, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Word, Excel and thousands of other programs. But there is one notable exception, Microsoft Outlook. When you use Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut inside Outlook, it forwards the current email instead of initiating the Find operation. Have you ever wondered why it was designed like that? Short answer is, Bill Gates. Read the below story to know why Ctrl+F differs in Outlook from rest of the Windows apps. It’s a widespread convention that the Ctrl+F keyboard shortcut initiates a Find operation. Word does it, Excel does it, Wordpad does it, Notepad does it, Internet Explorer does it. But Outlook doesn’t. Why doesn’t Outlook get with the program? Rewind to 1995. The mail team was hard at work on their mail client, known as Exchange (code name Capone, ...

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In an interview with The Wall Street Journal in Istanbul, Microsoft Chairman John Thompson spoke about the new CEO of Microsoft Satya Nadella and the company’s progress in the recent days. He said, “Satya is still defining and tuning what he wants the ultimate strategy of the company to be, and over the course of the next three to six months, that will clearly become more visible to the marketplace at large.” He said that the situation is lot different from when Steve Ballmer took over from Bill Gates as the CEO of Microsoft in 2000, “You would find it to be a very different environment today than it might have been a year or two ago,” Mr. Thompson said. “The employee base in Microsoft, particularly the tens of thousands of engineers we have, are ecstatic that we have someone with Satya’s background leading and guiding and managing our company. Bill ...

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We already knew this day would come. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has now become the largest shareholder of Microsoft. He has achieved this feat as Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates continues to sell his shares. Bill Gates is selling his Microsoft shared to raise money for funding his Bill and Melinda Gates foundation. As of today, Bill Gates’ ownership is down to 330.1 million shares, compared to more than 333 million owned by former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. As per his previous words, Bill Gates will continue to sell shares of Microsoft. On the other hand, Steve Ballmer didn’t even sell a single share of Microsoft since he stepped down from the post of Microsoft CEO. Source: Geekwire ...

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CNBC today posted a list of people called CNBC’s First 25. They have ranked list of the 25 people we judge to have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989, the year CNBC went live. They have disrupted industries, sparked change and exercised an influence far beyond their own companies. Microsoft founder Bill Gates was ranked 2nd among the list and Apple founder Steve Jobs topped the list. Even though the author claims that the ranks are arguable, they have chosen based on the inputs from the panelists. Jobs at No. 1 and Gates at No. 2? Or should it be the other way around? After all, there hardly would have been a personal computer revolution without Gates. Yes, you say, but if he hadn’t propagated an operating system, somebody else would have. True, but Gates did it. And even if IBM handed him the ball, ...

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Bill Gates sat down with Rolling Stone Magazine for extensive interview that dealt mostly with his charitable foundation.  In the interview there were a few questions surrounding technology and Microsoft. He revealed that Microsoft was also interested in buying WhatsApp. He personally feels WhatsApp is extremely valuable company, but the price Mark paid for WhatsApp is more than what he expected. If there’s a deal that symbolizes where Silicon Valley is today, it’s Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of WhatsApp. What does that say about the economics of Silicon Valley right now? It means that Mark Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be the next Facebook. Mark has the credibility to say, “I’m going to spend $19 billion to buy something that has essentially no revenue model.” I think his aggressiveness is wise – although the price is higher than I would have expected. It shows that user bases are extremely valuable. It’s software; it ...

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  Last August, Microsoft announced that it has signed a cooperation agreement with ValueAct Capital which owns approximately 0.8 percent of the outstanding shares of Microsoft common stock and is one of the company’s largest shareholders. The cooperation agreement provided for regular meetings between Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, and selected Microsoft directors and management to discuss a range of significant business issues. The agreement also gave ValueAct Capital the option of having Morfit join the Microsoft board of directors beginning at the first quarterly board meeting after the 2013 annual shareholders meeting. As a result, Microsoft yesterday announced that Mason Morfit has joined Microsoft’s board of directors and its audit committee. Read the full press release below. REDMOND, Wash. — March 11, 2014 — Microsoft Corp. announced Tuesday that Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, has been appointed to the company’s board of directors and its audit committee. ...

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A new report claims that then Cloud EVP Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, along with Bill Gates and the Microsoft board all initially opposed Steve Ballmer’s plan to acquire Nokia.  Nadella would later change his mind but Bates remained vehemently opposed. Tony Bates is no longer with the company, Gates stepped down as chairman, while Ballmer is now on the board and Satya Nadella is currently CEO. If this report is indeed true, I have a deepened respect for Steve Ballmer. Bloomberg reports: Ballmer’s relations with the board hit a low when he shouted at a June meeting that if he didn’t get his way he couldn’t be CEO, people briefed on the meeting said. The flare-up was over his proposed purchase of most of Nokia Oyj, and part of an ongoing debate: Should Microsoft be a software company or a hardware company too? Several directors and co-founder and then-Chairman Bill ...

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Forbes today released their world’s richest billionaires list and Bill Gates is back to the top of the list. He now owns a net worth of $76 billion up $9 billion from the year ago, thanks to rising Microsoft share value. Bill Gates now owns $78 billion after giving away over $28 billion in his lifetime through his foundation. Helped by a bounce in shares of Microsoft, Bill Gates returns to the top of our annual Billionaires list this year after a four year hiatus. He is worth $9 billion more than a year ago, and has now been the world’s richest person for 15 out of the past 20 years. The Microsoft cofounder, who stepped down as chairman this year, has agreed to spend more time helping the software company’s product managers work on innovations. Meanwhile, Gates, who has given away more than $28 billion in his lifetime, remains ...

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Microsoft today announced that one finalist team in its Imagine Cup global student technology competition will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates. This will allow the winning team of students to interact with Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates foundation chairman in person to share their dreams and excitement for a brighter future. Imagine cup is scheduled to happen in Redmond, Wash., from July 29 – Aug. 1. And so I’m very pleased to announce that one Imagine Cup World Finalist team will be chosen for a private meeting with Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. That team of students will get the chance to share their dreams and their excitement for a brighter future in person with this entrepreneur, innovator, and humanitarian. We’re very grateful to share this opportunity with the students of Imagine Cup. And if it sounds like something you’ve ...

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In his first interview to external publication after becoming CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella talks about his leadership lessons from his past leaders Steve Ballmer and Bill Gates, his management approach, One Microsoft Strategy and more. When asked about his learning from Steve Ballmer, he cited an incident with Ballmer from which he learned, ‘The lesson was that you have to stay grounded, and to be brutally honest with yourself on where you stand.”. Q.And what about Bill Gates? A. Bill is the most analytically rigorous person. He’s always very well prepared, and in the first five seconds of a meeting he’ll find some logical flaw in something I’ve shown him. I’ll wonder, how can it be that I pour in all this energy and still I didn’t see something? In the beginning, I used to say, “I’m really intimidated by him.” But he’s actually quite grounded. You can push ...

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Bill Gates, former chairman of Microsoft did a AmA on Reddit. Here are some his answers. Hey Bill, if you didn’t go into computers and later found Microsoft, what do you think you would be doing? I considered law and math. My Dad was a lawyer. I think though I would have ended up in physics if I didn’t end up in computer science. My question to you is, What’s your biggest fear? Kids getting hurt or sick. Who is your role model? People who devote their lives to working in poor countries are doing amazing work with very little visibility. I have gotten to meet some of them. How do you deal with the anti-vaccination sentiment that seems to be growing in our society? Have you ever found yourself justifying your efforts to reduce polio? In all countries vaccine rumors seem to always get ahead of vaccine facts. This ...

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