Today, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and the new Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer announced his decision to step down from the Microsoft board. Since leaving Microsoft, Ballmer has been busy with his commitments related to Clippers, civic contribution, teaching and study. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella thanked Steve for all his contributions and  wished him success on his future endeavors. Read his full response below. Satya Nadella’s response to Steve Ballmer: Steve, First, thank you for all of your support during my transition this year and for the past 34 years. It’s been a great privilege to have worked with you and learned from you. Under your leadership, we created an incredible foundation that we continue to build on — and Microsoft will thrive in the mobile-first, cloud-first world. While your insights and leadership will be greatly missed as part of the board, I understand and support your decision. As you ...

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Steve Ballmer today posted the following letter on the internet to reveal that he is leaving Microsoft’s board to focus on other things in his life (hint: Clipper’s owner). Read the full letter below. Dear Satya, As I approach the six month mark of my retirement and your appointment as CEO, I have been reflecting on my life, my ongoing ownership of Microsoft stock, and my involvement with the company. I have reached some conclusions and wanted to share them with you. I know August is the key month during which the company starts to prepare the proxy statement for the next shareholders’ meeting, and so these thoughts are probably timely for that too. First, Microsoft has been my life’s work and I am proud of that and excited by what I see in front of the company and this leadership team. There are challenges ahead but the opportunities are ...

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Microsoft was giving away Intel Galileo board to developers who sign up for their new Windows on Devices program. Last month, Microsoft detailed the roll out of the program on their official blog. Microsoft has updated their website Windowsondevices.com with SDK document and examples. Through this program we are introducing a new Windows Developer for IoT Portal, with documentation and examples to support the developer kits we are starting to ship in small batches. These developer kits include a Galileo board and preview Windows image that supports the standard Arduino Wiring API set and a subset of Win32 API. This Windows image does not yet support Galileo boards outside of our program. If you received received one through the Windows Developer Program for IoT or If you have bought your own Intel Galileo, now you can update it to run Windows. The version of Microsoft Windows released for the Windows Developer Program ...

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Microsoft today announced that John W. Stanton, wireless industry pioneer and chairman of Trilogy Equity Partners has been appointed to the company’s board of directors, increasing the board’s size to 11 members. John W. Thompson, Microsoft chairman said that “John brings extraordinary experience in the mobile communications industry and deep business acumen, and we are delighted that he is joining Microsoft’s board of directors.” Microsoft chief executive officer Satya Nadella commented the following regarding John, “John’s insights into mobility around the globe and his expertise in working with organizations as CEO and as a board member will be invaluable as we transform Microsoft for growth and leadership in the mobile-first, cloud-first world.” Stanton will join the Compensation Committee of the Microsoft board. In addition to Stanton, Microsoft’s board of directors consists of John W. Thompson, Microsoft chairman and chief executive officer of Virtual Instruments; Steve Ballmer, former chief executive officer of ...

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At BUILD developers conference earlier this week, Microsoft announced Sharks Cove development board support for Windows. Today, Sharks Cove Development Board is now available for pre-order. Microsoft collaborated with Intel and the product manufacturer, CircuitCo to develop this “Windows compatible hardware development board” that will enable development of software and drivers for mobile devices that run Windows, such as phones, tablets and similar System on a Chip (SoC) platforms. This will cost $299, along with the hardware, it also includes a Windows 8.1 image and the utilities necessary to apply it to the Sharks Cove. SharksCove.org is the site dedicated to the Sharks Cove board, where you’ll find specs and links to other content and MSDN forums. Pre-order the Sharks Cove direct link (via Mouser Electronics). Read more about it here. ...

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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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As Microsoft board is nearing the announcement about its next CEO, there were multiple reports on the discussions going on between board and the likely CEO Satya Nadella. Recode and WSJ both reported that Satya Nadella has requested Microsoft’s board to ask Bill Gates to spend more time on technology and strategy by assisting him as CEO. After the board’s search committee recommended Mr. Nadella, he told the board that a bigger role for Mr. Gates as a close adviser is “what I need to be successful,” the person familiar with the matter said. Since Bill Gates is already focused on his Gates foundation work in addition to being Microsoft’s chairman, it is unlikely that he will accept this new role which Satya demands to board. Recode reports that Bill Gates would step down as chairman in favor of the director John Thompson, as part of the changes. Sources said that ...

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Microsoft Board of Directors launched a search for a replacement for Steve Ballmer, looking both externally and internally from August 23rd last year. Since they’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company and in December revealed that the process is still going on. They identified over 100 possible candidates, talked with several dozen, and then focused their energy intensely on a group of about 20 individuals. According to various reports, the 20 individuals included Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner, Stephen Elop, Alan Mullaly, Steve Mollenkopf, Hans Vestberg and others. While the search process might end in the coming weeks/months, everyone believed that Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer who are the largest shareholders of Microsoft might stay in the Microsoft’s board for years to come. According to latest report from Recode, despite owning about four percent of the company, people familiar with the situation revealed ...

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    Late yesterday Suril posted: rumor: terry myerson has asked for the ceo announcement to be delayed until spring 2014 It look as if he was at least partially correct, John W. Thompson, a member of Microsoft’s board of directors today provided an update regarding Microsoft’s CEO search. He revealed that they are expected to announce the new CEO only in 2014. Here is the announcement, On Aug. 23, we announced that Steve Ballmer would be retiring from Microsoft within 12 months, and the Board of Directors was launching a search for a replacement, looking both externally and internally. Since then, we’ve been focused on finding the best possible person to lead the company. As we approach the end of the calendar year, there has been natural interest in getting an update on where we are in the process. I’m writing to share this with you here. As the chair ...

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Edit: Looks like my sources were correct: Microsoft Confirms: CEO Won’t Be Named Until Early 2014 I’ve been inspired by Dina Bass lately.  So take with post with a grain of salt, maybe mountains of salt.  Typically when original rumors are posted on msnews we like to have two other sources of independent confirmation.  The following information in this post is from multiple people, but only a “single source,” so no independent confirmation.  Individuals sending tips often have an agenda, so just keep that in mind. I received an anonymous tip early last week that Microsoft is considering making its CEO announcement late Q2 / early Q3: “[...] the board is now considering announcing the new CEO later than originally planned, most likely at the end of Q2 or maybe early Q3 [...]“ The information did not really make sense to me initially, Q3 would be way too late, giving Ballmer nearly ...

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Hal Berenson is a former distinguished engineer at Microsoft who runs a great blog titled Hal2020.  Hal often provides a unique perspective given his experience working at the Redmond software giant during the earlier days of the company from 1994 – 2002 and decades previously spend at the Digital Equipment Corporation.  Mr. Bersenson is predicting that Bill Gates will resign from Microsoft as chairman within the year, I find this difficult to believe, but some logical reasoning is provided.  He also predicts what I have heard from my sources, Alan Mulally will be brought to the board: If you want to know why Bill was so emotional at the recent shareholders meeting it was probably because this was likely his last as Microsoft Chairman, not just Steve Ballmer’s last as CEO. First, this is not about pressure from a couple of investors as was reported a while ago. I believe Bill ...

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Reuters today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates and retiring Chief Executive Steve Ballmer are standing for re-election to Microsoft board of directors. Even though this is not a surprise news for lot of us, the investors who are trying to reduce the influence of Gates and Ballmer in the company won’t be happy to hear this news. Ballmer announced last August about his plan to retire within 12 months in August and Microsoft’s board is searching for a new CEO from both inside and external candidates. Reuters also reported that it is highly likely both Gates and Ballmer will be re-elected by shareholders at the annual meeting on November 19. Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer still own a significant share of Microsoft. While Bill Gates remains the company’s largest individual shareholder, with a 4.5 percent stake, Steve Ballmer is not far behind with 4 percent. If Bill Gates continues to sell shares of ...

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