Microsoft offices in China were raided in the last week of July by Chinese government officials for unknown reasons. China’s State Administration for Industry & Commerce made the visits to Microsoft offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Later, a Chinese regulator confirmed that they are conducting an anti-monopoly investigation into Microsoft in relation to problems with compatibility, bundling and document authentication for its Windows operating system and Microsoft Office software. Recently, a Chinese antitrust regulator said that Microsoft had not been fully transparent with its sales data on Microsoft software in China. Today, Reuters reported that Satya Nadella is visiting China. Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella is set to visit China in late September, a source familiar with the matter said on Thursday, as the Chinese government conducts an antitrust investigation into the world’s largest software company. It is not clear if Nadella, who took over as Microsoft ...

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  Following Satya Nadella , Steve Ballmer, Melinda Gates , Bill Gates, Xbox Chief Phil Spencer and Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer Chris Capossela, Joe Belfiore today took the ALS ice bucket challenge. As you can watch in the video above, Joe did the challenge while surfing as opposed to most others who took the challenge on land! Joe Belfiore nominated the following people, Group Program Manager for Cortana on Windows Phone – Marcus Ash Stephen Elop EVP, Microsoft Devices Group Chee Chew:  From Google+ hangouts & Chrome team ...

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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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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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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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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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In order to raise awareness about ALS, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella accepted Steve Gleason’s Ice Bucket Challenge and challenged Jeff Bezos and Larry Page to do the same. If they are not taking the challenge, they need to donate money for it. Even Mark Zuckerberg took the challenge and poured a bucket of water on himself. He challenged Bill Gates, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to do the same. On Wednesday, the Ability Eye Gaze team, which won the Grand Prize in Microsoft’s first-ever companywide Hacakthon, was given the chance to dump a bucket of ice water on CEO Satya Nadella as part of an effort to raise awareness around amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS.) The Eye Gaze team had set out to do a project to help Steve Gleason, a former pro football player who is living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Gleason’s foundation aims to raise ...

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During the financial earnings call yesterday, Microsoft revealed that they sold 1.1 million consoles in the last quarter. The surprising thing is that Microsoft didn’t offer specific numbers on how many of them were Xbox One. Microsoft also revealed that Xbox platform revenue increased 14% due to more hardware sales than last year. Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said that after they released the new Xbox One offering, they are pleased with the response. At E3, they reasserted their focus on games, with blockbuster titles and key exclusives coming this holiday. With the progress Microsoft is making in channel inventories, the new markets for Xbox One, and our exciting game lineup, Microsoft feel well positioned heading into the holiday season. CEO Satya Nadella commented the following on Xbox, I want to make a few comments on Xbox. It’s important for us to have a core that is thriving. It’s equally important to place smart, ...

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As part of the massive layoffs Microsoft announced today, Microsoft is going to shut down the recently formed Xbox Entertainment Studios which was responsible for creating original programming for Xbox platform. CBS entertainment president Nancy Tellem was hired by Microsoft back in 2012 to lead these efforts and their recent production was “Every Street United” which was premiered on Xbox One during the world cup. There are about 12 projects currently in various stages of production. Few months back, this was the position inside Microsoft, Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted a slew of top Hollywood talent to develop its original programming slate, with names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise – but that’s only the beginning. Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary ...

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Microsoft shares surged more than 4% on Wednesday to their highest price since mid-2000. The current stock price is at 44.07,  up 1.62 from yesterday, a 3.82% increase from the morning. Yesterday, Intel announced their quarterly results which showed a modest growth in PC market. I guess, that was the reason investors are going behind Microsoft shares. Intel’s PC Client Group saw a revenue of $8.7 billion, up 9 percent sequentially and up 6 percent year-over-year. Similarly, Microsoft’s Windows division revenue decline should have stopped this quarter. However, I expect Microsoft to post less than expected earnings because of the Nokia Devices and Services division acquisition. Microsoft bought a loss making venture, so it should affect Microsoft’s bottom line. Also, Microsoft is planning to layoff thousands of employees which will result in lots of costs associated with their compensation and severance packages. If you are a Microsoft investor, are you happy with their performance these days? ...

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella spoke at an interview held at Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech Conference yesterday evening. During Q&A session, an attendee said to Satya that Microsoft Research should learn from Google and all the attention it gets for its research projects like Google Glass and driverless cars. He was basically pointing out that Microsoft Research’s efforts are not well recognized by the public when compared to Google’s efforts. Nadella admitted that Google have done a better job of marketing themselves. “Look, it’s always good to learn from others who have done a better job of marketing themselves,” Nadella said to a chorus of laughs from the crowd. He also made the point that getting more press coverage and eyeballs for Google’s projects doesn’t mean that Google is working on more important or better projects than Microsoft is. He also pointed out that several Microsoft Research products have created business opportunities ...

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17 years ago, Chandrababu Naidu, then CM of Andhra Pradesh in which Hyderabad is located made a PowerPoint presentation to convince Bill Gates to open one of Microsoft’s biggest software development centres in Hyderabad. Indian government has now partitioned Andhra Pradesh into two states called Telengana and Andhra Pradesh. Hyderabad will become part of the state called Telengana in the coming years. Chandrababu Naidu has again become the CM of Andhra Pradesh and he is inviting current Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to start a similar Microsoft development center in his new state and promising all the help he needs. He has chosen Anantapur to be the main technology centre because of the availability of land and infrastructure as well as its proximity to Bangalore. And Anantpur is also the home town of Staya Nadella. Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has also invited Satya Nadella for a meeting to ...

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Last week we reported that Microsoft is planning for layoffs and they may axe up to 10% of their workforce. In the e-mail Satya sent to its employees, he mentioned that Microsoft will share more on the engineering and organization changes needed to focus on their bold ambition in July. In addition to the changes, I guess they will also announce layoffs as part of their quarterly earnings results. We’ll use the month of July to have a dialogue about this bold ambition and our core focus. Today I want to synthesize the strategic direction and massive opportunity I’ve been discussing for the past few months and the fundamental cultural changes required to deliver on it. On July 22, we’ll announce our earnings results for the past quarter and I’ll say more then on what we are doing in FY15 to focus on our core. Over the course of July, the Senior ...

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In the email sent to all of Microsoft’s employees, CEO Satya Nadella spoke about the culture change needed to move effectively in the mobile-first and cloud-first world. He said, “Our ambitions are bold and so must be our desire to change and evolve our culture.” He promised in making Microsoft the best place for smart, curious, ambitious people to do their best work. And he also wants engineering teams to build the experiences our customers love. I’m looking to the sales and marketing organizations to showcase our unique value propositions and drive customer usage first and foremost. Finally, every team across Microsoft must find ways to simplify and move faster, more efficiently. We will increase the fluidity of information and ideas by taking actions to flatten the organization and develop leaner business processes. Culture change means we will do things differently. Often people think that means everyone other than them. ...

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Longtime Microsoft employee Jeff Teper, well known for his work on the Office team, was promoted to head  of corporate strategy to work in areas such as acquisitions and development. Microsoft confirmed Teper was promoted last month, but a replacement for old position in the Office team has not been named yet. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella continues building out his senior leadership team. Recent changes include moving Mark Penn to chief strategy officer, Phil Spencer to head of Xbox, and Stephen Elop finally joining Microsoft as EVP of Devices and Studios. Teper was responsible for hiring and recruiting Nadella to work for Microsoft in the early 90s from Sun Microsystems. Nadella was originally hired to help persuade developers to move from Sun’s server operating system to Windows NT. Besides Teper’s work on Office 365 he is also known as one of the father’s of SharePoint. Source: Bloomberg ...

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It was as if two long lost brothers had been reunited. Audibly excited Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Salforce.com CEO Mark Benioff celebrated their strategic partnership in a joint conference call earlier this afternoon. Historically Microsoft and Salesforce.com have been bitter rivals, and Benioff an outspoken critic of Microsoft. But with Salesforce stock down over 20% in the last year, the company decided it was best to put their past behind them. “We are excited to partner with salesforce.com and help customers thrive in a mobile and cloud-first world,” said Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft. “Working together we’ll deliver new solutions that connect the customer insights of Salesforce to the cloud productivity of Office 365, the cloud platform of Azure and the mobility of Windows, so our customers can do more.” “Today is about putting the customer first,” said Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO, salesforce.com. “Together with Microsoft, we are building ...

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