Browsing: Steve Ballmer

Microsoft is at a crossroads. Its new CEO, Satya Nadella – only the third person to lead the company in its 39-year history, after Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer – has to decide if the software maker’s future lies exclusively in the business market, where it remains

Microsoft’s board of directors has named Satya Nadella, an internal candidate as its third CEO, replacing Steve Ballmer, who has been in the job since January 2000. The announcement follows an extensive search, both within and outside Microsoft, for a suitable replacement for Ballmer, who announced his

Today is a very humbling day for me. It reminds me of my very first day at Microsoft, 22 years ago. Like you, I had a choice about where to come to work. I came here because I believed Microsoft was the best company in the world. I saw then how clearly we empower people to do magical things

As is customary at this time of the year, TechCentral is pleased to present its lists of who it considers the biggest technology newsmakers over the past 12 months, both internationally and in South Africa. We kick it off, as always, with the five people the publication’s editors believe

There was a time, oh, 10 years ago, when consumers used to salivate at the prospect of a new handset from Nokia. From the 2004’s computer-cum-phone, the 9500 Communicator, to 2007’s multimedia powerhouse, the N95, it used to be that for many people that the only option when it came to upgrading

In a widely expected move, Microsoft is buying Nokia’s handset division, giving it the hardware it needs to compete in the new war of ecosystems against Apple and Google. The only surprising thing is that Microsoft paid more for Skype (US$8,5bn, in May 2011) than it did for Nokia ($7,2bn)

Microsoft is officially launching itself into the smartphone hardware business. The US software company has made a E5,4bn cash offer to buy Nokia’s device and services business, to license the company’s patents and to use Nokia’s mapping services

Investors cheered Steve Ballmer’s decision to step down as CEO of Microsoft. The share price leapt higher by more than 7% on the day of the announcement that he would leave within the next 12 months, once a successor had been identified. Most critics said that, at best

Microsoft’s long-serving and sometimes controversial CEO, Steve Ballmer, 57, will step down from the US software company within the next 12 months. This will happen after the conclusion of a process to choose his successor, the company says in a statement. The news sent Microsoft’s

The following is the text of an internal e-mail sent by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to the software maker’s employees outlining the reasons behind his decision to step down within the next 12 months. “I am writing to let you know that I will retire as CEO of Microsoft within the next 12 months