Nokia today announced that their HERE group CEO Michael Halbherr has decided to leave Nokia to pursue his own entrepreneurial interests. While Microsoft has completed the transition and restructuring after acquiring Nokia’s Devices and Services unit, seems like Nokia haven’t settled yet. Since Michael is leaving, Nokia will now begin a search for a new leader of HERE both inside and outside the organization. In the meantime, Cliff Fox, currently SVP of Core Map Group at HERE will assume the position of acting CEO. “It has been a pleasure and honor to work with remarkable and smart people during my time at Nokia and HERE,” said Michael, who joined Nokia after the Finnish group acquired his Berlin-based location software company Gate5 in 2006. He added: “I am proud that we have been able to create a leading location cloud company widely recognized across industries, by customers and by opinion leaders. Now the ...

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Following Satya Nadella and Bill Gates, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer also accepted the ALS challenge by taking ice-bucket water over him. Ballmer has nominated Hal Wright, LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers, and TV football analyst Rick Neuheisel. The als challenge is a great idea Nominated by Spencer Hawes Nominating Doc Rivers, Rick Neuheisel, Hal Wright http://t.co/RFuaNWyZoy — steve b (@stevebmicrosoft) August 15, 2014 Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and many others accepted the challenge and few also promised to make donations for ALS. ...

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Back in 2010, Apple launched iPad tablet following which number of companies including Microsoft released various tablets in the market. Everyone expected tablet sales to exceed PC sales in 2014, but it never happened. Tablet sales growth is now at a decent 45% YoY which is not a bad thing, but for a new product which is gaining adoption around the world, this growth story is not encouraging. The main reason for lack of explosive growth is the purpose to upgrade old tablets and their too restrictive use cases. If you own a tablet, you can use it for browsing, watching videos, playing games and few other things. When you are on the go, you prefer your smartphone to be with you. When you want to get some real work done, you will use your laptop. In such scenarios, a 2 year old tablet can still serve the same purpose ...

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The NBA (National Basketball Association) is forced the Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team after racist remarks were leaked by his girlfriend V Stiviano. Mr. Sterling handed control of the sale over to his ex-wife Shirley Sterling. Few months back, it was reported that Steve Ballmer has offered $1.8 billion for the Los Angeles Clippers and later it was confirmed via various reports. There is a case going on in court regarding the sale of Clippers to Steve Ballmer. Donald Sterling is opposing as sale while his wife Shirley Sterling is on the opposition side. On Monday, the court ruled that Shirley Sterling can sell the team to Steve Ballmer, the highest bidder for the team so far. A judge issued a sweeping victory Monday for Rochelle Sterling, ruling that she had the authority to sell the Los Angeles Clippers to the businessman Steve Ballmer, who has agreed ...

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TMZ reports Shirley Sterling met with former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Sunday afternoon to discuss the sale of the Clippers (a professional American Basketball team). The NBA (National Basketball Association) is forcing the Clippers owner Donald Sterling to sell the team after racist remarks were leaked by his girlfriend V Stiviano. Mr. Sterling handed control of the sale over to his ex-wife Shirley Sterling. The meeting is said to have taken place at Shirley’s Malibu mansion. There is fear among Clippers fans that Mr. Ballmer will move the team to Seattle. Source: TMZ ...

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At a press event in New York earlier today Microsoft executives took subtle jabs at Apple. The Redmond software giant’s CEO Satya Nadella addressed a comment made by Apple CEO Tim Cook in 2012 about Windows 8: “You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those aren’t going to be pleasing to the user.” During Nadella’s introduction at the event he stated: “We clearly are not building refrigerators or toasters.” Surface leader Panos Panay also took the opportunity to respond to a quip by Cook last year: “Our competition is confused. They’re turning tablets into PCs and PCs into tablets. Who knows what they’re going to do next?” As part of Panay’s slideshow he had a sign showing two distinct paths, showing Apple is taking their users in two different directions while Microsoft is taking the right path. While I’m sure your average person does not care about these ...

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With the Nokia/Microsoft deal officially closed last week on April 25, Stephen Elop has made his triumphant return to Microsoft. Elop is now the executive vice president (EVP) of the Microsoft Devices Group overseeing an expanded devices business that includes Lumia smartphones and tablets, Nokia mobile phones, Xbox hardware, Surface, Perceptive Pixel products, and accessories. Stephen Elop was paid 24.2 million euros ($33.4 million) in cash and shares after he left Nokia, thanks to rising Nokia share prices, he got more than what he was entitled to get. Elop himself is returning to the software giant after the deal closed on Friday, and based on Nokia’s share price in September he had been in line to get around 18.8 million euros for the early termination of his contract. Elop, whose severance payment includes just over 4 million euros in cash, stood down as Nokia chief executive in September and led the phone unit ...

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 You can now watch the live webcast of Microsoft’s CEO discussing the intersection of cloud and mobile at an event in San Francisco. Microsoft announced this event few weeks back with no specific information regarding the announcements to be made. According to various reports, Microsoft is going to announce Office for iPad. Office for iPad is one of the most expected product by consumers, industry watchers and investors. It benefits the whole industry except the fact that Microsoft Windows platform is losing the exclusivity. Also, Microsoft is expected to make announcement regarding Enterprise Mobility Suite that will allow corporate IT to manage all the devices of their employees through Microsoft’s services. Watch the event live here. ...

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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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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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The comedian and late-night talk-show host Conan O’Brien is extending his work to LinkedIn in entertaining people. In a post on LinkedIn, he explained why he turned down the job offer of becoming CEO of Microsoft and congratulated Satya Nadella for his new job. Read the post below to have some fun time. LinkedIn Influencer Conan O’Brien here, and I’d like to belatedly congratulate Satya Nadella, the veteran executive who will be replacing Steve Ballmer as CEO of Microsoft. You’ll do a great job, Satya. It is my informed opinion that you were the right second choice. The right first choice, of course, being the current host of CONAN on TBS. Sure, the Microsoft board never technically asked me to be their CEO. I did, however, get a tweet from Bill Gates once. So, you do the math. That is why I was proactive, as business visionaries often are, and ...

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After the official announcement about Microsoft’s new CEO was made, Satya Nadella along with Bill Gates and others addressed hundreds of Microsoft employees who gathered to see their new CEO. Later in the day, Microsoft organized a short interview with Satya in front of key customers and partners. This interview was live telecasted to the public as well. In case you missed it, Microsoft just now uploaded the interview online. Watch it above. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella speaks with Susan Hauser in front of a group of customers and partners about his background and the opportunities he sees for the company’s continued growth and innovation.   ...

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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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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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