Steve Ballmer stepped down Microsoft’s CEO last month. In a new interview he gave to WSJ, Ballmer has said that he’s not sure how long he’ll stay as a Microsoft director. He said, “It really as much as anything depends on how I see rest of my life playing out,” in an interview last week. Steve Ballmer leaving Microsoft board should surprise everyone given the fact that Steve Ballmer owns about 4% of Microsoft and he calls Microsoft his “child.” He also revealed that he felt “different” to be just a director, and not CEO, during Microsoft’s board meeting as he was quieter in the boardroom than previously. Ballmer, who turns 58 on Monday, said in the interview he is relishing his first break after more than 33 years at Microsoft. “I have a chance to really think” about what to do next, Ballmer said. That jibes with his first post-CEO public appearance earlier this ...

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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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Steve Ballmer joined his old college friend Dean Peter Tufano at the Saïd Business School for a question and answer session.  This is among Steve Ballmer’s first public appearances since Satya Nadella was named CEO of Microsoft and Ballmer officially retired. The relatively informal question and answer session deals very little with the future of Microsoft and mostly discusses higher level business inquiries such as innovation, failure, and management.  Personally I really miss Steve Ballmer, nobody had the energy & passion he had for the company and it’s quite apparent after watching this q&a session. (Talk starts at around 5:30) A few choice quotes from the talk that were tweeted by a senior Verge reporter: Ballmer answers question on what he’d want on his grave stone once he’s dead. “He was a great father and a great husband.” Ballmer says the number one best thing about being rich is “I can ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Confirming the previous reports from WSJ and Recode, Bloomberg today reported that Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates may get involved in product development at Microsoft after the new CEO was announced. There were multiple reports in the past few days that Satya Nadella will be announced as the new CEO and Bill Gates will step down from his chairman position to get involved in product development. As the board prepares to appoint Satya Nadella as Microsoft’s next chief executive officer, it’s considering replacing Gates as board chairman, people with knowledge of the matter have said. Gates would remain a director and be involved in product development, focusing less on administration, the people said. He’s weighing going to work at Microsoft at least one day a week, a person briefed on the matter said. Related posts: Report: Microsoft May Name Satya Nadella As Its Next CEO, Gates Will Be Out As Chairman ...

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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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Time for an update on the never-ending Microsoft CEO rumor-mill; as I am still traveling abroad this will (hopefully) be a short post.  Sources I have talked to tell me the board is split between Stephen Elop and Satya Nadella.  As far as I’m aware, the rumors of dark horse candidate Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg were pretty much total bullshit by Bloomberg.  Kevin Johnson will be a back-up in case something goes wrong, more on this in another post.  I have also heard that Tony Bates is not being seriously considered due to his inexperience, but Microsoft did want to hear his vision (for the company) and ensure that he stayed at the company because of his favorability & connections in Silicon Valley.  Nadella was favored very early in the CEO search among internal candidates, but the issue of who replaces him in his current position has become a sticking ...

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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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Bloomberg today reported that Ericsson’s president and CEO Hans Vestberg is now in the possible candidates list which Microsoft board is evaluating for past few months. As expected, both Microsoft and Ericsson’s spokespersons declined to comment on this matter. Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop, Satya Nadella, Tony Bates, Kevin Turner are already in the race to become the next Microsoft CEO. Bloomberg reports that many candidates were concerned about Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer sitting in Microsoft’s board with about 8% of the stock will influence the decisions made by the CEO. Microsoft board gave us the following update on the new CEO search last month, 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 ...

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Mary Jo Foley’s special on Steve Ballmer to Fortune today went online. The special post includes words from Microsoft’s top executives on Steve Ballmer, Steve Ballmer himself talking about his work and a look at the legacy Steve Ballmer leaves on Microsoft. It revealed few interesting information on Steve Ballmer, here are some of them. Steve Ballmer was largely responsible for settling all the anti-trust issues Microsoft faced in the 1990s. When Ballmer took over as CEO, Microsoft was in the midst of fighting a bitter antitrust complaint brought against the company in 1998 by the U.S. government and 20 states. For several years, Gates’ attitude suggested that he would rather fight the claims than settle; upon replacing Gates, Ballmer made it a top priority for the company to put the cases behind it as quickly as possible. Steve Ballmer played a significant role in building Microsoft a dominant enterprise ...

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  In an interview to WSJ, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked about his decision to leave Microsoft, how he informed everyone about his decision, his future plans, etc,. When Steve Ballmer planned to transform Microsoft into devices and services company last year, he decided that he  will remake the whole brand. As part of this, he started drafting the huge management-reorganization plan which was recently made public as well. While he was on a business trip, the thought of him retiring from came on his mind and he started discussing with the board and eventually with his family after the decision was made. “Maybe I’m an emblem of an old era, and I have to move on,” the 57-year-old Mr. Ballmer says, pausing as his eyes well up. “As much as I love everything about what I’m doing,” he says, “the best way for Microsoft to enter a new era is ...

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