The jury might still be out whether Stephen Elop was Microsoft's Trojan Horse or the one who saved the company from an even worse fate by penning that burning memo platform and diverting Nokia away to Windows Phone. The turn of events today with Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's handset business might indicate the former, the fact remains that Elop will continue to lead the devices business even in Microsoft and has now become the frontrunner for Microsoft's CEO post.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explained the Nokia acquisition and how things will work once the deal is complete in an email to employees. According to the mail, Stephen Elop will lead Microsoft's expanded devices and studios team that will also include Nokia people and will report to Ballmer. Julie Larson-Green, who currently runs the division will join Elop's team. Microsoft will let Chris Webber's sales team intact, who will report to Kevin Turner. Eventually they will develop an integrated team for more efficiency. The global marketing team will be integrated under Tami Reller and Mark Penn. Read on for the complete mail.
This time next year, Steve Ballmer will no longer be the CEO of the world s largest software company. The widely criticized executive announced last week that he planned to retire from his role as Microsoft s chief within the next year, and he penned a heartfelt letter to Microsoft employees as part of the announcement. While the maligned Microsoft boss said in interviews that the decision to leave was his, a new report from AllThingsD s always reliable Kara Swisher paints a different picture of Ballmer s departure.
Microsoft today announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would be retiring in the next 12 months and with that comes an end of an era. During his tenure, Ballmer came to be known as quite the character and his boisterous voice is well known in the tech industry. As a person Ballmer is known for his exuberant persona, which he says keeps his employees and partners motivated. We wouldn't be lying if we said we saw his keynotes mostly for his antics and modulating voice pitch. His stage appearances during keynotes are widely popular and are circulated on the Internet as viral videos. Check our photo gallery for photos of Ballmer at his exuberant best and what we think was going on in his mind at the time. [nggallery id=293]
Microsoft today announced that CEO Steve Ballmer would retire from the company within the next 12 months, while the company looks for his successor. Ballmer leaves the company at a crucial stage especially with trouble brewing in the Windows division and sales of Windows tablets not setting the market on fire. The timing is a little peculiar as only last month he had announced a major restructuring at Microsoft in a bit to transform it from a software and services company to a hardware and services company, much like Apple. With Steve Jobs no longer alive and both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer no longer at the helm of the company, we can officially call it the end of an era.
Late last month, Microsoft previewed Windows 8.1 at Build 2013 conference, though there was no mention of Windows Phone 8.1. Rumors though have started surfacing about the next version of Windows Phone OS, tentatively called as Windows Phone 9. According to UnwiredView, Microsoft is reportedly assembling a new team to build an entirely new Windows Phone OS from scratch, instead of just updating Windows Phone 8.
Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer will announce the rumored Microsoft reshuffle tomorrow, according to a report by AllThingsD. The changes that will be announced will shift responsibilities of many top level executives and is intended to streamline operations of the 98,000 employee strong company and eliminate overlap.
Last year in a letter to shareholders CEO Steve Ballmer called Microsoft a "devices and services company" and now All Things D is reporting that Ballmer will unveil plans for a major restructuring of the company on July 1. According to the report, this major reshuffle will be a part of his plans to restructure Microsoft as a devices and services company.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has signified a shift in the fundamental way Microsoft conducts its business in a letter to shareholders. He cities the impeding launches of the Surface RT tablet and Windows 8 and notes that it s a significant shift . He says, It impacts how we run the company, how we develop new experiences, and how we take products to market for both consumers and businesses."
Microsoft will be hosting a webcast at noon PDT (12:30 AM IST) where it Steve Ballmer will be addressing the media and customers. Microsoft has not revealed any details of the announcement but we believe it could be about Office 15, the latest version of Microsoft's Office suite.
When Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer, said last year Android is not free and there is a patent cost involved, not many would have thought he would make HTC and Samsung, two of Android's biggest vendors, sign the dotted line and agree for royalty payments to Microsoft. Many called Ballmer's moves pathetic but everything said and
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer surprised developers during Micorosft’s BUILD conference in California on Wednesday when he took the stage to talk up Microsoft’s new operating system, currently named Windows 8. Ballmer noted that there have already been 500,000 downloads of the operating system since it went live last night. “We still have a long way to go with Windows 8,” Ballmer said. “We’re retooling all of what we do.” Ballmer believes that the changes will compel developers to begin to favor Microsoft’s operating system, which he expects will ship on 350 million PCs this year alone. “There is no phone, there is nothing on the tablet, there is no operating system on the planet that will ship 350 million units of anything other than Windows,” Ballmer boasted, noting that Windows 8 supports both Intel and ARM chipsets. Before wrapping up, Ballmer, in typical fashion, called on “developers, developers, developers” to rally around Windows 8.
We’re here live from Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 event in New York City where the company is set to detail the next major OS upgrade to the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hinted we could see over 500 new features, let’s hope we get some big enhancements in addition to the practically confirmed multitasking, Twitter integration, remote email search stuff. Live coverage is after the break!
Speaking at the Japanese Microsoft Developers Forum, Microsoft’s CEO confirmed that the next Windows Phone update, codenamed Mango, will add “over 500 new features” to the mobile operating system. The Redmond based company has an event scheduled for Tuesday, May 24th in New York City, during which it will unveil the new update (again) and discuss its features in greater detail. Earlier this month we heard rumors that the update will deliver Bing Audio, Bing Vision, turn-by-turn navigation in Bing Maps, a new native podcast player, speech recognition, and more. We’ll be reporting live on the update tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Hit the jump for a quick video clip of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer discussing Mango.